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A 32-year-old member asked:

How come some preemies do well and some are really sick or die, even if triplets or quads?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
It depends...: ...On how premature the baby is. A premature baby is not ready to be born yet, and there are often organ systems (most commonly the lungs) that are not yet sufficiently developed. Triplets and quads are almost always born prematurely, so they are usually at higher risk. There is an entire medical specialty (neonatology) devoted to caring for preemies, so many more of them do well than in the past.
Last updated Jul 19, 2013

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