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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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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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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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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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