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17 Jun

Preemie Parents Skin

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:59

Talking about parent’s skin might seem weird – after all the skin barrier is fully developed and most people already have their own skincare regime. But preemie parents have some unique skincare needs primarily due to the unique environment of the NICU. If you’re a parent of a preemie baby you will be familiar with the humidity of the NICU – designed to prevent temperature instability, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalance caused by the immaturity of preemie skin. You’ll also be acutely aware of the importance of clean, sterilized hands when handling your prem. You no doubt have a ritual when arriving at the hospital that involves thorough hand washing and sanitizing. These two factors in particular often lead to very dehydrated and under-nourished hands. You probably also notice that your face and lips are also dry and sensitive.

You may not be able to abide by your usual skincare routine and your requirements are likely quite different. It is for these reasons we decided to work with skincare experts to formulate products specifically for preemie parent needs.

One of our best active ingredients in Sea Kelp.

What’s so Good about Sea Kelp?

The medicinal benefits of kelp have been renowned for centuries due to its ability to enhance health and beauty. The seawater where kelp grows contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, proteins and enzymes that have wonderful benefits for the skin.

Sea Kelp Bioferment can be used as a great nutritive active to skincare lotions and moisturizers. Sea Kelp is firming, healing and soothing for any skin type and is a powerful nutritive moisturizer for normal and dry skin as well as having antioxidant properties, also a fantastic plus for the skin.

Sea Kelp can also help keep skin looking firmer and younger as it helps prevent loss of skin elasticity. Research has demonstrated that the iodine in Sea Kelp effectively removes free radicals - chemicals that accelerate ageing - from human blood cells.

If that wasn’t enough Sea Kelp also contains minerals like calcium, fluorine and magnesium that contribute to a more radiant skin tone. It is also rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E, as well as minerals such as magnesium, selenium and zinc - vitamins and minerals that are essential to regenerating skin cells and tissue.

The Product!

SEA KELP CORAL NICU HAND CREAM - PROTECTION FORMULA A RICH THICK BARRIER CREAM TO PROVIDE MOISTURIZING PROTECTION FOR HANDS DRY AND TIRED FROM LONG DAYS IN THE NICU This exceptional product provides cover when you need extra protection and will help prevent water loss from damaged skin. A careful blend including sea kelp coral helps soften, moisturize, and remove toxins from the skin. Perfect for skin regularly subjected to air-conditioning and hand sanitiser.

15 Jul

New Preemie Products

Sunday, 15 July 2012 19:04
22 Mar

Out with the old,..

Wednesday, 23 March 2011 08:18

Out with the old and in with the new, has finally got the new look site up.

Having received such an overwhelming and positive responce to the site we realised that this was going to require more planning and preparation than first expected. We needed to reorganise our preemie information and make sections for both Preemies and Parents. There are quite a few new sections that will be coming online in the coming weeks. Including Socializing, galleries, and competitions just to name a few. 

Already Preemiehelp has reached over 100 countries., and helped over 50,000 people. But we can't stop there, we are looking to build the No.1 resource for preemies, parents and experts which means we are just scratching the surface of what needs to be done.

So join with us in celebrating this next step in building a strong and informed preemie community. Everyone involved will benefit from the support.

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30 Jun

Preemie store is stocked

Thursday, 01 July 2010 05:45

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25 Nov

Preemie: Food Phobia

Friday, 25 November 2011 10:32

Feeding difficulties are not uncommon for preemie infants but imagine being aged 5 having never eaten solid food. One little Aussie premmie, named Emma Coles is one such girl, she has a serious food phobia, so she has not been able to feed "normal" food. Emma was born at 27 weeks gestation, which is 3 months premature, and only weighed 510 grams. She lives exclusively on muscle milk, which is an expensive nutrient rich formula.

Emma's parents have tried lots of different ways to encourage her to eat solid food but nothing has been successful so far. In a bid to overcome this obstacle, Emma and her family are going to the United States to a specialist clinic. It is a 6 week program that has had a great deal of success. There is nothing similiar to it in Australia.


Feeding Preemie Infants: Background information

Preemie infants are born before their intestinal tract is fully matured. Because of this preemie infants will often be fed through an intravenous device that directly enters the blood stream rather than the digestive system. As the preemie infants system develops they will progress to what is called gavage feeding, which is when babies receive their breast milk or formula via a tube that enters the nose or mouth and into their stomach. When preemie infants reach about 32 to 34 weeks gestation they are possibly sucking, swallowing, and breathing all at the same time and this is when they may graduate to the breast or bottle feeding.

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20 Nov

NICU Short stories

Sunday, 20 November 2011 22:31

Thank you to all that entered the world preemie day 'short story' competition. We have been overwhelmed by the response and found it hard to keep up as so many had so much to share.

This article contains stories from 4 of our finalists. We felt that so many of the stories touched us in different ways that we had to share a few from select finalists. The stories that cover different aspects of a parents NICU and preemie experience.
We hope you enjoy them and take something away with you from each story.

Also remember, if you have a story to tell please email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it it to us and if it is a good quality piece we will post it in our parents stories. 


World Preemie Day Short Story Finalist No.1 

Written by:India Harris

My son was born at 31 weeks @ 3lbs. 14 oz. on November 3, 2011. I had been to the emergency room with labor pains, dizziness, and nausea 11/1and 11/2. I was placed in triage and given an IV with fluids, then sent home both days. The third day I went I was in so much pain they attempted to do the same, but I insisted that I was in actual labor. They eventually checked me, but it was too late to give me any medication for pain because I had fully dialated. I had him a hour after my arrival. He was taken to the NICU shortly after his birth. I was able to go and see him the next day, the nurses in the NICU were so nice and loving. They took care of him as if the had given birth to him. He is still there as he is only 1 week old as of yesterday. The nurses call me regularly and update me. I have two other children ages 7 and 1 years old. There ages keep them from being able to see him, and this makes it difficult for me to see him as much as I'd like. The nurses make me feel at ease, because he is in good hands. He was taken off oxygen and an IV 3 days ago. He lost weight the first couple of days and he has gained 5 ounces since. The nurses tell me he is doing well and should be home soon. He was also taken out of the incubator and now sleeps in a regular crib. Overall my NICU experience has been great considering all the circumstances.

20 Nov

Short story competition Winner!

Sunday, 20 November 2011 21:56

A Person’s A Person No Matter How Small …Dr Seuss

“Homebirth, breast-milk, cloth nappies and zero intervention”.  These words once defined my expectations of motherhood… the pride before the fall.

On July 4th 2002 my precious son was born by emergency caesarian section, 14 weeks early and weighing just 816g.  And while he struggled for every ventilator-assisted breath in a hard and sterile incubator, I took my first small steps to climb my own Mount Everest. Unlike Thomas, mine was not a physical struggle, but a struggle of the heart, mind and soul.  A struggle to blend the mountain of medical information I was receiving with wisdom and compassion, neither of which I possessed in any great quantity.  I was desperate to rediscover faith and hope.  Hope that he would survive, hope that he would survive and thrive, and hope that in some small way I could contribute to his wellbeing by just being me.  His Mother.


For two full days I stared at my son through the perspex of his incubator and struggled to bring hope to this seemingly hopeless situation.  Hope would show me the undying tenacity of spirit present in all of us that just WILL NOT GIVE UP.  And with each passing day what became so apparent to me was that this tiny little scrap of skin and bones labouring like a miniature warrior-of-sorts was clearly just not giving up.   Next I noticed the beautiful picture of another precious angel in Thomas’ situation on the wall, with the caption, “A Person’s a Person No Matter How Small”.  Slowly I began to trust in the process and absolutely delight in the giant strides that we were both making.

02 Feb

Preemie born with front teeth

Wednesday, 02 February 2011 16:49

Most preterm infants born early are behind on many aspects of development.  Not this little prem, she came out with 2two front teeth!

02 Mar

Preemie defies the odds

Friday, 02 March 2007 17:28

A preterm baby from Cardiff defied the odds of survival when he arrived 4 months early, weighing just 620 grams (1lb 6oz).  Doctors gave home a 5% chance of survival but his parents are thrilled with his progress.  Little baby Kaven was kept in hospital for 5 months and needed 2 operations, one for a serious bowel infection.  Although Kaven is home and progressing well doctors have told his parents that with preemies born this early. other difficulties may emerge.  Kaven's parents are also concerned about a weakness he has on his left side.

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Preemie, Premmie, or Prem?

Most babies spend between 38 and 42 weeks in their mother’s uterus. So, technically a preterm birth, preemie, premmie, or prem, is an infant who is born less than 37 completed gestational weeks. 

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