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For a 31-week preemie with no complications and normal development as of 2-years-old, how likely are future problems due to prematurity?

For a 31-week preemie with no complications and normal development as of 2-years-old, how likely are future problems due to prematurity?

Very unlikely: A 31-weeker who had no complications and has been normal to age two years, can be looked upon as a normal person just like the full term kids. We are all human, so there is no perfect child. Any future problems are likely due to being a human, and not due to being a 31-weeker. ...Read more

Dr. Cindy Juster
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Premature Baby (Definition)

Any newborn infant with a gestational age of less 37 weeks- since most pregnancies other than in vitro fertilization cannot determine exact dates of conception, several methods such as early ultrasound, last menstrual period, and the Ballard gestational assessment can ...Read more


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Does the corrected age always have to be factored in for assessing development of preemie babies? (35 weeks)

Does the corrected age always have to be factored in for assessing development of preemie babies? (35 weeks)

Yes and No: Sorry for the confusing answer, but especially with those babies we call late preterm (after 34 weeks but before 37 weeks), development often is not very affected unless there were a lot of compounding problems with the birth. So if i was doc for a big, fat healthy 35 weeker, i would not always correct. More important s to follow closely over time and are they making appropriate progress. ...Read more

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I had a micro preemie at 24 weeks due to a uterine infection that caused preterm labor. How likely am i to have another preemie?

I had a micro preemie at 24 weeks due to a uterine infection that caused preterm labor. How likely am i to have another preemie?

Varies: If it was truly due to an infection and that infection is treated and cured, you would be at no higher risk than usual.However, if there were other contributing circumstances, like early cervical shortening, any abnormalities of uterus, then the risk could be a lot higher. It's an excellent thing to talk to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist about and what you can do pre-pregnancy to prevent. ...Read more

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14 weeks prego. I have hyperemesis gradivum and continue to show no improvement. Am I at risk for having a preemie baby?

14 weeks prego. I have hyperemesis gradivum and continue to show no improvement. Am I at risk for having a preemie baby?

Mother's weight: Some studies found hyperemesis gravidarum to be associated w/ a small increase in premature delivery & low birthweight. However, it seems that if a mother had a normal pre-pregnancy weight and can make up for the vomiting with enough weight gain later in pregnancy, they turn out not to be at increased risk. Work w/ your OB to control your hyperemesis gravidarum and gain a healthy amount of weight. ...Read more

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For a preemie if it was 2 months old but 4 weeks early is the risk for sids go by their age from when they are born or their original due date?

For a preemie if it was 2 months old but 4 weeks early  is the risk for sids go by their age from when they are born or their original due date?

SIDS: Not related to age when born, cause is unknown although prematurity is a factor. There are many contributing risk factors like cold temp, apnea, low birth weight, drugs, smoking, illness, etc. ...Read more

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I was born at 23 weeks in 1989. Im worried about having a avm because i was a preemie. What are the chances? No history of headaches or anything

I was born at 23 weeks in 1989. Im worried about having a avm because i was a preemie. What are the chances? No history of headaches or anything

AVM: Blood vessel malformations of the brain are rare in the general population and are not related to prematurity. A screening test with an mri/mra of the brain can be obtained to exclude an avm. ...Read more

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Is it ok that my 2 year old former preemie (2lb, 28 weeker) has not caught up on the growth charts yet? He is only 22lb & 30".Take to specialist?

Is it ok that my 2 year old former preemie (2lb, 28 weeker) has not caught up on the growth charts yet?  He is only 22lb & 30".Take to specialist?

Preemie weight heig: It is not unusual for premies to lag behind in weight and height, he started at 2 lbs and he is not doing too bad , term babies weigh average 25 lg at 2.But discuss the growth chart and more imortant development as well.The baby should be in early intervention program as well. ...Read more

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My 33 weeker preemie is 3 weeks plus old now. She grunts a lot while sleeping or eating land turns red like shes in pain or something. Is it normal ?

My 33 weeker preemie is 3 weeks plus old now. She grunts a lot while sleeping or eating land turns red like shes in pain or something. Is it normal
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Yes: She would likely do the same if born at term.Babies make a lot of odd noises in various stages of sleep or alertness.As long as she is gradually gaining weight and maintaining a good feeding pattern she is likely fine. Poor feeding is one of the early signs of what may be a problem. ...Read more

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Had MRI found I have inlarged ventrolies in brain. Told I should be developmentely delayed. I'm not I was a 31 week preemie why did dr say this.

Had MRI found I have inlarged ventrolies in brain. Told I should  be developmentely delayed. I'm not I was a 31 week preemie why did dr say this.

Best to: ask the doctor who said this. Regardless of what was said, the fact that you are a healthy and bright 19 year old is a testament to the excellent care you must have received as a 31 week preemie. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 28 weeks preemie to pass meconium again at 5 weeks old after passing normal stools? She passed meconium after birth for a few days

Is it normal for a 28 weeks preemie to pass meconium again at 5 weeks old after passing normal stools? She passed meconium after birth for a few days

No: Meconium is a mixture of bile,hair, digested cellular debris,etc. that sits within the fully formed bowel and passes within the first days after birth. It never passes again. If your kid is passing dark black stools at 5 weeks it is abnormal and needs to be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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My preemie, born 16 weeks early, she's now 23 mo has rsv. She's not eating much and drinking about 12 oz of fluids. Should I take her to the hospital?

My preemie, born 16 weeks early, she's now 23 mo has rsv. She's not eating much and drinking about 12 oz of fluids. Should I take her to the hospital?

Symptoms matter: The child with RSV in trouble when they abandon their regular activities to concentrate on getting more air. Play goes first, then taking time for solid foods, fluids are generally last to go as air hunger trumps thirst. Babies who are drinking well enough to wet diapers every 6 hrs are less likely to need hospital care, when fluid intalke drops, thier breathing is usually >60/min & they need hosp. ...Read more

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Currently 20 weeks pregnant and i've been getting really sharp pain below my rib cage on the left side. Same symptom on previous pregnancy which was preemie.

Currently 20 weeks pregnant and i've been getting really sharp pain below my rib cage on the left side. Same symptom on previous pregnancy which was preemie.

PAIN: On the left side there is bowel, spleen, ribcage, uterus/ligaments, ovaries, kidney, ureters etc. It would be difficult to give you a diagnosis without k knowing your personal history. Anyways, consult your obgyn asap and let him/her know your symptoms. Sometimes its nothing, sometimes could be serious. ...Read more

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34 weeks pregnant, history of 27 week preemie. I am having intense vaginal pressure/pain any time i'm sitting or standing. Normal part of late pregnancy?

Possible but..: Most likely this is a normal feeling during pregnancy but considering your previous preterm birth this absolutely needs to be evaluated by your doctor. Preterm labor prevention works best when it is diagnosed early. Get checked. ...Read more

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My 5 week old preemie is very gassy, fussy, spitting up and green hard stool what should I do.

My 5 week old preemie is very gassy, fussy, spitting up and green hard stool what should I do.

See your doctor: Newborns, especially premature ones, need close followup. There are many things that could cause this and alot depends on what your baby is being fed (breast milk vs. Different formulas). After consideration of all these factors, your doctor can help come up with a plan to help alleviate their symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 2 year old drank after me. I have shingles. We also have a 32 weeker in NICU. Worried toddler will get chicken pox and we will spread it to preemie?

My 2 year old drank after me. I have shingles. We also have a 32 weeker in NICU. Worried toddler will get chicken pox and we will spread it to preemie?

Contact care: Only the weeping debris from your shingles would be able to spread the virus. If you can keep the area covered & practice good contact care (wash hands a lot) you are unlikely to spread it to anyone. Let the NICU people know since their policy may keep you away until certain parameters are met. ...Read more

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What does "preemie" mean?

What does "preemie" mean?

A baby born early: Any baby born before 37 weeks is considered a "preemie" or premature baby. There is a huge range in how well preemies do, however, depending on how early they are. ...Read more

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How does a preemie get nec?

How does a preemie get nec?

NEC: Although the exact etiology of necrotizing enterocolitis (nec) remains unknown, research suggests multiple factors - inefficient blood circulation; infectious agents like bacteria, viruses, and fungi; immaturity and dysfunction of the immune system. Regardless of the triggering mechanisms, the resultant outcome is significant inflammation of the intestinal tissues. ...Read more