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Can being born premature be genetic?

Can being born premature be genetic?

Occasionally: In a few cases, premature birth may be due to hereditary/genetic factors, but causes for prematurity are often unknown. If 2 generations of women have very high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia can occur in pregnancy and cause prematurity. Maybe uterus/cervix shape and size are inherited, so if 2 generations of women have a short cervix, they may deliver prematurely. Drug/alcohol use can be familial. ...Read more

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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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What are some of the long term effects of a baby being born premature?

What are some of the long term effects of a baby  being born premature?

How premature?: It depends on how premature, but some common issues: developmental delays (language, gross and fine motor, school problems), respiratory (asthma, chronic lung disease), small for age (feeding problems, growth issues), immature eyes (retinopathy of prematurity/vision problems), cerebral palsy (movement problems). There is a big difference between < 26 weeks and < 36 weeks. ...Read more

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Did an active sex life with my husband cause my child to be born premature?

Did an active sex life with my husband cause my child to be born premature?

Unlikely: We don't know what causes preterm labor. If a woman is having premature contractions sometimes the doctors tell her to stay off her feet and to avoid intercourse. While intercourse probably does not cause preterm contractions, it may make them worse once you have them. ...Read more

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What are my baby's chances of completely normal survival if born premature at 28 weeks?

What are my baby's chances of completely normal survival if born premature at 28 weeks?

Great!: Now days babies born at 28 weeks, have a 95% chance of survival. It does not mean they will not require a lot of care and support both inside and out the nicu. ...Read more

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My grandson was a born premature he's now 4 yrs old and only weight 33 lbs how can we get his weight up he was just sick resend and lost down to 28 lb?

My grandson was a born premature he's now 4 yrs old and only weight 33 lbs how can we get his weight up he was just sick resend and lost down to 28 lb?

Ensure: Liquid food supplements that are tasty and are a balanced boost to the regular diet work well to put on weight. You should make sure before you load on the calories that your child is not malabsorbing food or has a reason for not gaining weight. Make sure you have a good checkup and do this with a trained professional ( Pediatrician or Family Practice doc) guiding you ...Read more

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Is this serious? My baby's born premature or very low birth weight?

Is this serious? My baby's born premature or very low birth weight?

Depends: The degree of prematurity is directly related to risks of health issues, by low birth weight does not, by itself, translate to increased risk of medical issues. For the best information, see your pediatrician for more specific answers ...Read more

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My twins are 13 month n still not walking is it normal (born premature at 33 week)?

My twins are 13 month n still not walking is it normal (born premature at 33 week)?

Normal: The upper end of normal for a term born baby is around 15-16 mo for independent walking.You add 7 wks to that for your 33 weeker. By 2 most have caught up with term born kids. ...Read more

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My daughter who was born premature is 8months but she is not showing any sign of teething, why?

My daughter who was born  premature is 8months but she is not  showing any sign of teething, why?

Normal development: Your daughter is still in the normal timeframe for teeth eruption so no need to worry her. Most babies will get thrie first teeth before 12 months. Being premature may slow down development a bit. If no teeth by 12 months she should be checked by a dentist. ...Read more

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I'm 20 years old, i'm a twin by the way and i was born premature. Is there any chance or way that i will gain weight.

I'm 20 years old, i'm a twin by the way and i was born premature. Is there any chance or way that i will gain weight.

Resistance training: I am going to assume that what you want is to gain lean muscle mass now that your adult height has been reached, and also that you are doing resistance training and discovering you are a "hard gainer". Ignore all advice about increasing calories, read a scientific book on nutrition, work hard in the gym, avoid steroids, consider creatine & an electric muscle stim unit if ok with your physician. ...Read more

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I was born premature started period early can I still get taller if i was born premature I am 16 now i'm 4'10 supposed to be 5'4?

I was born premature started period early can I still get taller if i was born premature I am 16 now i'm 4'10 supposed to be 5'4?

Unlikely: The influence of mild/moderate prematurity on growth is gone within a few years. If you were a micro premi24-26 wks, it would stunt your growth. If an x-ray of your wrist/hand is consistent with a 12-13 yo you might grow a few inches. If the x-ray shows your growth centers are closed, you are finished. ...Read more

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Who takes care of your baby if he's born premature?

Who takes care of your baby if he's born premature?

Depends: Minor prematurity is often managed by the pediatrician but for sick or more premature babies the neonatologist often will take care of the baby until such time the baby can be cared for by the pediatrician. ...Read more

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If born premature does it make you shorter than if you were born the time you were supposed to be born?

If born premature does it make you shorter than if you were born the time you were supposed to be born?

No: Height is genetically determined. Certainy nutrition plays a role. Also depends on your parents/grand parents height, Use of Steroids in your childhood and how early you had Puberty. you may continue to grow until 21 years of age. ...Read more

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When was my baby conceived? My baby was born on nov. 29 2013, she was born premature at 36 weeks with due date of Dec. 19.

When was my baby conceived? My baby was born on nov. 29 2013, she was born premature at 36 weeks with due date of Dec. 19.

Approximately 3/28: There are pregnancy calculators for this. Rule of thumb: LMP + (9 months + ~7 days)= EDC (estimated date of confinement), i.e., 'due date'. ...Read more

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If a child is born premature, will that child develop learning disabilities? What causes a child to be a slow learner and how to be a fast learner?

If a child is born premature, will that child develop learning disabilities? What causes a child to be a slow learner and how to be a fast learner?

Different outcomes: I know some very smart kids who were very premature and some very dumb kids who were term. There's more to it than just those things. Certainly, the more premature, the more at risk for learning problems, but it doesn't mandate the child will have problems. Also, the earlier you intervene with lots of interactive, 1:1 learning activities, reading to child and interactive play, more child learns! ...Read more

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If a child was born premature can they end up with a learning disability?

If a child was born premature can they end up with a learning disability?

More likely : The more premature a baby is, the higher the risk for learning, behavior, or attention problems. ...Read more

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Should adults born premature get contrast MRI before trying to get pregnant? to make sure no AVM?

Should adults born premature get contrast MRI before trying to get pregnant? to make sure no AVM?

Not indicated: No literature or consensus statement exists to recommend MRI's be done to screen for AVM's in healthy, normal, neurologically intact folks looking to get pregnant except for a history of being born prematurely. Having said that I will add that if a person is not expecting insurance to pay and willing/able to pay for it then, I'm your doctor will likely be happy to give you an order ...Read more

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What is the likelihood that my child will be born premature if I have a cytomegalovirus infection?

What is the likelihood that my child will be born premature if I have a cytomegalovirus infection?

Unlikely, but...: CMV infections are often asymptomatic in mothers and if acquired for the first time early in pregnancy, may in some cases lead to serious newborn effects. The majority of children of CMV + moms will be asymptomatic or unaffected, but about 10% will have a certain tye of hearing loss, dental problems and/or temporary infalmmation of the eye. If you have acute CMV during pregnancy, confer with a maternal fetal medicine specialist about potential interventions to protect the unborn baby. ...Read more

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My son was born premature at 35 weeks weighing 4 lbs. Current wgt, 12lbs 13 oz. According to a premie growth chart, what should his height and wgt be?

My son was born premature at 35 weeks weighing 4 lbs. Current wgt, 12lbs 13 oz. According to a premie growth chart, what should his height and wgt be?

PREMATURITY: Even if your baby was born premie, he can catch up easily like the term babies. He already doubled his weight ! normally it is on age 6 months. ...Read more

Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more