Hesperian Health Guides

Danger Signs for the Baby at Birth

Baby born too early or too small

A baby born before 8 months is born too early. A baby that weighs less than 2500 grams or 5 pounds is born too small. These babies need special care.

a baby lying on the mother's chest under a blanket
Keep baby warm and dry
Treatment:
  1. Dry the baby with a warm, clean cloth immediately after birth.
  2. Put the naked baby against the mother's body. Cover the baby with many warm cloths or blankets. Make sure the head is covered and the room is warm.
  3. More Information
    breastfeeding
  4. Put the baby to the mother's breast. Small babies need to nurse at least every 2 hours.
  5. DO NOT bathe the baby. It must stay warm.


This page was updated:23 Oct 2019