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World’s smallest ever nappy is launched

Pampers has just launched its smallest ever nappy, designed specifically to meet the needs of premature babies. The nappies are not available to buy – as Pampers are donating them to hospitals throughout Ireland and the UK.

The Pampers Preemie Protection Size P3 is three sizes smaller than a regular newborn nappy and is suitable for babies weighing less than 1.8lb (800g).

The  nappies are designed to minimise disruption to help with sleep, positioning, and medical care for premature babies.

“The happy and healthy development of every baby, including the tiniest little fighters, is our priority,” said Ian Morley, commercial director at P&G, the company that owns Pampers.

“That is why when nurses asked us to design a nappy for the most vulnerable babies, we rose to the challenge.”

Morley said it took the company three years and more than 10,000 hours of research to develop the new P3 nappy.

“As a parent of two preemies myself, I am extremely proud that we have created a nappy which meets the very unique needs of premature babies and those that care for them,” he said.

tips to support your premature baby

Top tips to support your premature baby

1. Start with something simple like holding baby’s hand or letting them hold your finger. It is important to let baby know what you are going to do and even ask permission as this helps baby understand what to expect and what positive touch is.

2. Consider learning baby massage techniques from a certified infant massage instructor (CIMI) with experience of premature babies. They can teach you about resting hands, containment holds, massage techniques, gentle movements and touch relaxation. Research shows that premature babies put on more weight and can leave hospital earlier when massaged.

3. Offer skin-to-skin contact or ‘Kangaroo Mother Care’. This technique involves holding baby in a curled, flexed manner on your chest to provide the environment of the uterus. Traditional KMC also includes exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months.

4. While holding your baby, help keep them in a curled position. This helps the premature infant to feel secure as if in the womb.

5. Create a cocoon for them in which they can feel something supporting them. Place rolled blankets around them to keep a flexed, curled foetal position.

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Ask Sarah

Q I’ve heard a lot about the Paleo diet and as I am very interested in reducing the amount of processed foods and grain based meals my family eats, we are considering following this diet. From what I read it seems to be a back-to-basics type of eating. Is a Paleo diet safe for children? My kids are aged seven and nine.

A The Paleo diet is one of the most fashionable diets around at the moment. It is also known as the ‘caveman diet’ and is based on cutting out processed foods, starchy foods like bread and potatoes and eating more meat, vegetables and fruit.
As fad diets go, it is not the worst but there are some good and bad sides to it. Reducing the amount of processed foods we eat is always a good idea and by doing that you will usually reduce the amount of fat, salt and sugar you eat, which is a good thing! The problem with the Paleo diet is that it also cuts out dairy (on the basis that cavemen didn’t drink milk) and this means that the diet is very low in calcium. For this reason it is really not suitable for children who do need a lot of calcium for growing bones. How did cavemen manage without dairy? They ate a lot more food than we do (up to 10,000 calories per day compared to the 2,000 most of us eat). By eating that amount of food they were able to pick up just enough calcium from green vegetables and seeds. To put it in perspective, you would need to eat 16 servings of broccoli a day to get all the calcium you need. This is easier to do if you eat 10,000 calories per day rather than 2,000.
The other problem with the paleo diet is that it is not entirely based in science. Many of the Paleo diets out there say you should not eat wheat, even though we know that cavemen did in fact eat wheat and other grains. These diets also don’t recommend that you eat blubber and the big lumps of fat that were also a large part of the caveman diet!
A final problem is that many Paleo diets encourage people to cut out beans and lentils and to get their protein from meat and fish instead. Many studies over the last few years are clear that eating too much animal protein is linked with more cancer and heart disease. Eating some vegetarian meals based on beans and lentils is a great way to get your protein without always going for meat.
Is this a diet we should follow? I think there is a lot we can learn from the Paleo diets. We could all do with eating less salt, sugar and processed foods and adding in more nuts and seeds as well as more vegetables. However, I think following a strict Paleo diet could lead to low levels of calcium and vitamin D and so it is not suitable for children or teens and adults would need to think about a calcium supplement.

burping your baby

Burping your baby

Always burp your baby after feeding time is over. If she doesn’t burp after a few minutes, try changing the baby’s position and burp for another few minutes before feeding again.


Ask Tracey

Midwife Tracey Donegan answers your questions about pregnancy and birth

Q When should I have my first pregnancy scan? And how many scans should I get throughout my pregnancy?

Your first scan is known as your dating scan and is routine in all hospitals. Most mums will have this scan at their booking visit, which can be anywhere between 12-18 weeks. The earlier the scan the more accurate it will be. If you have experienced recurrent miscarriages some hospitals will scan you earlier. Contact your antenatal clinic for more information. In Ireland, most women will have two scans in a healthy pregnancy – a dating scan and an anomaly scan at around 20 weeks. However, some units provide a dating scan only. Private scans are also available in most cities and many parents use these services for additional reassurance and to find out the sex of their baby.