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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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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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Airway dilation, what's the chance of needing a trach? now has leak around her breathing tube. 24wk 6 day preemie girl. 1lb 6.2oz @birth 3lb 9.4 oz

Airway dilation, what's the chance of needing a trach? now has leak around her breathing tube. 24wk 6 day preemie girl. 1lb 6.2oz @birth 3lb 9.4 oz

Air leak: Some degree of air leak is OK so long as there is adequate ventilation. It is preferable not to do a tracheostomy because very small size of baby . The neonatologist can elect to change to bigger size tube if ventilation becomes ineffective. ...Read more

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Is it common for preemie babies to have low apgar scores? (35wks+ 3 days)? Or can they have a good score even though they were early?

Is it common for preemie babies to have low apgar scores? (35wks+ 3 days)? Or can they have a good score even though they were early?

Premmies: Premature infants can have hi or low apgar scores, depends on the cause of prematurity. Ex if mom's cervix dilates early then the apgar score may be normal. Or if there is a medical condition affecting the fetus, like placenta tear, then the score could be low, in which case the baby needs help to fix the causes (oxygen, or blood, or pressure breathes, etc) with quicker recovery better than slow. ...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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What is the largest number of x-rays preemie babies receive?

Premies and X-rays: Any x-ray is one too many in a baby. But with premies, sometimes you have no choice. Lately the medical community has been more aware of the radiation from x-rays and most radiology facilities use the lowest radiation setting they can. You should talk to the radiologists who perform the x-ryas and they can tell you what setings they use. ...Read more

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I had blood transfusions as an infant because i was a preemie what are the chances of me developing a blood clot in pregnancy? No history blood disor

I had blood transfusions as an infant because i was a preemie what are the chances of me developing a blood clot in pregnancy? No history blood disor

Unrelated : Blood transfusions have not been reported or known to cause blood clots however the pregnancy itself is a well known risk factor for blood clots. During pregnancy, risk differs from one woman to another depending on prior history of blood clots or other familial risk factors. If concerned, ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Side effects of CT scan for preemie infant include radiation and learning disabilities?

Side effects of CT scan for preemie infant include radiation and learning disabilities?

Doubt connection: Any learning disabilities suffered by a premi that survives most likely represent factors that precipitated premature delivery & the need for resuscitation & intensive care, not the ct scan. Last year my patient, "littlest angel" (14oz @ birth) graduated from the honors program at baylor in 3 yrs.It didn't slow her down. She never got real tall but she is quite a survivor. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more