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We recently adopted a baby girl that arrived 7 weeks early. She is currently 2 months old and I'm really worried about her immune system. She is being formula feed so she isn't benifiting from the goodnees of BM. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Premies are very susceptable to illness and the doctors have me freaked out that if she gets sick it can be fatal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> Please give suggestions on boosting her immune system. Someone suggested black elderberry by herbpharm. Is this safe to give to a 7 pound baby? Also, the only children's vit c I can find contains fructose, other options? I am giving her probiotics for the yeast problem she has had from week 2. It is slowly getting better. TIA It will be a very long winter if I feel like I can't leave the house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wild.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wild">
 

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First off, congrats on your new baby! Second, don't get freaked out. I had a 9-week preemie and he's now a healthy 16-month old with NO problems. I can't help with the elderberry or anything, holistics isn't my strong point, but don't be afraid to take her out of the house or let people see her. Preemies really aren't as fragile as people think they are, they go through a lot in their early weeks and can take more than people think!
 

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Do you *want* to breastfeed? If so, it is <i>probably</i> possible for you to at least partially breastfeed her through induced lactation, so she could get some of the immune benefits of breastfeeding. If you'd like more info, feel free to PM me or post about induced lactation on the breastfeeding board. (I'm not trying to pressure you into doing it - I just wanted to make sure you were aware that it may be possible.) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I don't know anything about the elderberry, sorry.<br>
First off congrats! Try not to freak out too much. Mine was 15 weeks early, even though she primarily got bm most of the time. She did get sick once, actually we all did and she was the one who recovered quicker. It's not always fatal if they get sick, i think the docs are way over exagerrated to you. If baby gets RSV, may need to be hospitalized and could be an ordeal but chances are the baby will do just fine. They are stronger than you think. I made sure I did tons of hand washing before handling her. During the first few months I brought her home, we primarily stayed home. All visitors knew if they were sick, not to come over. Any family member who wanted to hold, had to wash their hands prior. Just simple precautions like that will do a world of good in the first few months. I did go out, but only to family houses, i was just being extra precautious.
 

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Yes, I would love to BF her. But I'm not sure if it's the best idea medically for me. About a year ago, I was diagnoised with a bunch of digestive/nutritional problems. With the help of a gluten free yeast free diet, B12 injections and major doses of probiotics, I feel really good most of the time. However, my diet is constantly being tweaked so I can feel my best to be a good mom.<br><br>
I wash my hands a lot and constantly remind my 6 year old to wash his. I rarely let others hold the baby(except DH and DS). We homeschool and my son NEEDS to get out of the house at least 2 times a week. On our outings, the baby is always in her sling and I send off my "stay away vibes". There's nothing like a cute babe to cause people to flock around you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb"><br><br>
Thanks for the support<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I wanted to put out a book to you that you may be interested in. It's got some really good health info for babies and children:<br><br><a href="http://www.cure-guide.com/Child_Health_Guide/child_health_guide.html" target="_blank">http://www.cure-guide.com/Child_Heal...lth_guide.html</a><br><br>
The author's website also has this on it that may be of some interest to you:<br><br><a href="http://www.cure-guide.com/Natural_Health_Newsletter/Children_s_Immune_Systems/children_s_immune_systems.html" target="_blank">http://www.cure-guide.com/Natural_He...e_systems.html</a><br><br>
You may like his newsletters and sign up for them. Also <a href="http://www.hpakids.com/" target="_blank">http://www.hpakids.com/</a> is a good one to sign up for and they have an internet child health care segment they do every wed but it's archived in case you miss it. Details are on their website.<br><br><br>
Here are some links on getting vit c and the type of vit c is important into a babe:<br><br><a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=43682" target="_blank">http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=43682</a><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=316064&highlight=sodium+ascorbate" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...dium+ascorbate</a><br><br><br>
Fish oil is also good to get into a baby. For now, I take a lot of fish oil (a good quality one..be wary of just any fish oil, it could have pcb's or mercury in it..you want one farmed from Cold Fish) and my baby gets it through breast milk, but if I was not breastfeeding, I would give my baby this <a href="http://www.coromega.com" target="_blank">www.coromega.com</a> It tastes like orange custard a little. They taste MUCH better if stored in the refrigerator. Can put it on your finger and swish it around babe's mouth.<br><br>
I would be wary of introducing solids as early as they say to. They might push you to do it at 4 months. To me, that is just too early. The gut is still forming. When you do decide to feed solids, you may want to check out this:<br><br><a href="http://www.cure-guide.com/Child_Health_Guide/Solid_Food_Introduction/solid_food_introduction.html" target="_blank">http://www.cure-guide.com/Child_Heal...roduction.html</a><br><br>
The medical field LOVES to push cereals as a child's first food when that in fact isn't a good choice. There are a lot of other choices out there. The child health guide covers that too.<br><br><br>
I don't know enough about elderberries to comment except I heard that it is good for the immune system. I have no idea how safe it is for a baby though with an immature gut as an infant. I think there is a lot of info that may help you though in the child health guide p 134 for mothers who can't breastfeed their infants.
 
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