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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)

A premature baby is a baby born before term, meaning the baby is born before finishing 38 weeks of pregnancy. The earlier a baby is born, the more problems a baby will have in trying to adapt to the environment outside the mother's uterus. Problems include: small size, lung problems, heart problems, bleeding in the brain, hearing ...Read more


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What sort of problem is a premature baby's "pausing" during breathing?

What sort of problem is a premature baby's "pausing" during breathing?

Variable issue: After birth, a baby must learn how fast/how deep to breathe to get needed oxygen in various levels of activity from quiet sleep to full fussy behavior. Premi's are less capable in figureing out the cycles, often forgetting to breathe when needed.Although brief pauses are nl, long pauses can lead to low o2 brain injury.Drs use monitors & various meds to manage the premi problem until it resolves. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of premature baby "pauses" in breathing?

What are the symptoms of premature baby "pauses" in breathing?

Apnea: Apnea is stopping breathing for about 15 seconds but premature babies do periodic breathing also(slow than fast then slow). The more premature the more likely to have some apnea. They do grow out of this. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for premature baby "pauses" in breathing?

What is the treatment for premature baby "pauses" in breathing?

Periodic breathing: Pauses in breathing in the neonates are called "periodic breathing". It occurs in 80% of full term and 100% of preterm babies. These pauses are usually brief ( 3 seconds). If they are brief and are not associated with changes in color (cyanosis or pallor) or a drop in heart rate, then it does not require treatment and resolve with time ( by 44 weeks post-conception). ...Read more

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My premature baby, born at 32 weeks and now 4 weeks old, has just come home from the nicu. We notice she stops breathing while burping.

My premature baby, born at 32 weeks and now 4 weeks old, has just come home from the nicu. We notice she stops breathing while burping.

Mgt/workup: Premature infants are developing their pattern of breathing, and it is not uncommon to have short pauses. If there is a pause longer than 15 seconds or any distress/color change, an apnea test can be useful in determining the cause. If there is a pattern during sleep, observe your daughter for pauses, and discuss with your PCP. Note any upper airway noise or movement of her arms/legs. ...Read more

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How long does severe hypoxia associated with premature baby last?

How long does severe hypoxia associated with premature baby last?

It varies: Near the end of the 2nd trimester, certain areas of the fetal brain are particularly susceptible to drops in oxygen/ low blood flow, which can be caused by maternal conditions that necessitate early delivery for the safety of the mother or because fetal well-being is found to be compromised. Ob's get those babies out asap & neonatologists try to prevent further hypoxia, but the die may be cast. ...Read more

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Gave birth to preemie baby on sept 13th the last few days have had a fever of 102.5 what should I do? I am worried

Gave birth to preemie baby on sept 13th the last few days  have had a fever of 102.5 what should I do? I  am worried

See MD: Go see your obstetrician or go to your emergency room and get checked out. You have some type of postpartum infection and need to get checked out. ...Read more

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How long can a 23 week premature baby live for?

How long can a 23 week premature baby live for?

Several factors.: Infants with extremely low birth weight (elbw) have a higher risk of all of the possible complications of premature birth, both in the immediate neonatal period and after discharge from the nursery. For babies with birth weights under 500 grams, only about 14-40% survive to 12 months or later, and many of the survivors have severe health problems. ...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