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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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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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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

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Caring for a Preemie (Checklist)

Visit the hospital daily
daily
Talk and read to your baby
daily
Use the apnea monitor daily if prescribed
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Ask your doctor if RSV vaccine is needed during winter months
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What is a preemie step-down unit?

What is a preemie step-down unit?

Less intervention: It means your baby is doing much better and requires less care. Maybe just needs to feed and grow. ...Read more

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How does that advice change with a preemie?

How does that advice change with a preemie?

Not a chat room: Questions you submit to HT are randomly presented to physicians who visit the site. They are never linked, and we cannot see what or if you asked another question. The wording of this question suggests you are asking a followup to another question. To get the most from the site, please provide all the information needed to answer your question every time. ...Read more

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How do I know if my preemie is developing correctly?

How do I know if my preemie is developing correctly?

Modified scale: Motor development is the most common gauge we use for infant development.Charts used to assess motor skills are based on babies born at term.In premi's we adjust the expectations by how many weeks they were early. For example, tripod sitting for a few seconds is expected in term infants by 6m or 6m+wks premi for premi's.By 18-24m they seem to catch up. They should check this at ur checkups. ...Read more

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Is staying at home require for a family if a preemie?

Is staying at home require for a family if a preemie?

Sometimes: Some preemies require much more care than full term infants and placing them in day care is a risk for infections they may not fight as well as full term babies. An example is RSV that can be devastating for a premature infant. You have to consider the amount of care your baby has required prior to coming home and any complications he or she might have had. ...Read more

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When will my preemie reach a normal weight and height?

When will my preemie reach a normal weight and height?

24 months: Most babies will reach their expected growth curve by 2 years old, although those who were less premature will generally "catch up" sooner. If your child does not appear to be growing properly, your pediatrician will want to order some tests to determine if there is a treatable cause for the delay. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a preemie to not be behind (emotionally, socially, physically)?

Is it possible for a preemie to not be behind (emotionally, socially, physically)?

Yes: Development in infants follows a similar sequence reguardless of prematurity. I have seen many 34+ wk premi's match the talents of term infants. As you go earlier, it is less likely. I find it more important to monitor progress thru skill sets with the aid of early childhood professionals. They can find areas of where a bit of help can give your child a chance to catch up. ...Read more

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What do you do if people say your precious preemie is so little when you work so hard to help him grow? Crushed

What do you do if people say your precious preemie is so little when you work so hard to help him grow? Crushed

Dont be crushed.: People do not know what you have been through and how small your baby initially was. It is natural that people describe them as tiny as they really are smaller then a full term baby. To you the baby is "huge" compared to what he or she was at birth, so you have a point of reference, other people do not. I am sure they all mean well. The only important fact is how joyful it is to be home with him. ...Read more

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How long does a preemie stay in the icu?

How long does a preemie stay in the icu?

Depends: Depends how premature the baby is and what other complications arise. Some infants, even if they are premature do not require ICU stays. ...Read more

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Can I ask my own preacher to come see my sick preemie?

Can I ask my own preacher to come see my sick preemie?

Yes: I would expect most to be happy to share this experience with you as you deal with the stresses involved. Most NICU's have visitor limitations but allow parents to designate a specific person to be an alternate. ...Read more

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How much time can we spend with our preemie in the icu?

How much time can we spend with our preemie in the icu?

As much as you can.: Most nicu´s allow parents to stay with their babies as much as they can. Most have posted hours and require you to leave when shifts change or rounds are being made. ...Read more

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Should I insist on sitters taking cpr to care for my preemie?

Should I insist on sitters taking cpr to care for my preemie?

Good idea: That's a good idea. That way they can save the baby with infant CPR until ems arrives. It's a short course and a good idea for everyone to know - infant, child, and adult cpr. ...Read more

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I want to see the closest thing to a preemie. What are they like?

I want to see the closest thing to a preemie. What are they like?

Small Babies: Preemies are small babies. Their size depends on the gestational age. ...Read more

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Breathing spells and bradys . How long will last with a preemie baby ?

Breathing spells and bradys . How long will last with a preemie baby ?

34 weeks: Every baby is different, but most stop having apnea and bradycardia events (stopping breathing and low heart rates) around 34 weeks corrected gestational age, however sometimes this can be delayed. Gastric reflux can contribute to continued bradycardia and desaturations beyond this point. ...Read more

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What information must I give to my childs caregiver if he is a preemie?

See below: Despite of being a preemie, the child's care giver should be told any pertinent health information. Such as, allergies, medications, and chronic health problems. ...Read more

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My preemie (12 month adjusted) has just been diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and I don't know what to do?

My preemie (12 month adjusted) has just been diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and I don't know what to do?

Mgt: I would suggest a virtual inbox consultation. I would like to better advise. Generally at this adjusted age, depending on the extent of the underlying lung disease, the illness can be self limited and resolves in two weeks eg. Vaccinations including the flu vaccine should be administered as scheduled per your PCP. If there is any fast breathing, grunting, use of rib cage muscles, please see the ED ...Read more