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Kim and Kanye's premature baby needs 'focus' from her parents, Dr. Oz says

By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   June 17, 2013 at 8:25 PM   |   Comments

June 17 (UPI) -- As the world waits with breathless anticipation for any information about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's new baby girl, Oprah's favorite doctor Mehmet Oz opened up about his own experience raising a premature baby.

The celebrity couple's girl was born five-weeks premature over the weekend, though family members like Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner have said both mom and baby are "healthy" and doing well.

Dr. Oz, who met up with US Weekly at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, said he had been "following Kim's story."

Our youngest child [Oliver] was born five weeks premature. So I know how hair-raising that is, and the most important thing to recognize is today, we can actually get kids to survive almost always, but if you don't manage them really well early on, they can grow up to develop all kinds of issues.

The "Dr. Oz Show" host said that Kardashian and West would have to "really put the focus" on their newborn.

"We change how a child responds to a world around it in those first few weeks of life, so they ought to really focus in on that little girl," he said.

"It's sacred, those first few months, for all babies but especially for the premature It's a sacred time," he added.

Meanwhile, Kim's sister, Khloe, has promised that the family will share more info about their newest member "when the time is right."

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