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What is appropriate nutrition and vaccination schedule for a preemie?

What is appropriate nutrition and vaccination schedule for a preemie?

Yes: Loaded question! nutrition: highly dependent. Fortunately, preparing you for home care (including nutrition) is one of the things nicu does best. You'll be taught all about feedings before discharge, and your baby's nutrition will be frequently reassesed by your pediatrician after you come home. Vaccinations: typically, same as full-term; some premies do need additional vaccines, (eg. Synagis). ...Read more

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What does "preemie" mean?

What does "preemie" mean?

Premature baby: It's a medical slang and it corresponds to a baby, who was born less that 37 weeks of gestational age. ...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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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 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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When should a preemie be circumcised?

When should a preemie be circumcised?

Depends on variables: This procedure, if desired, can be delayed until the kid is stable enough to consider discharge to home care.It can be done around the time of discharge by the method preferred by the physician doing the procedure. I usually do it the day prior to scheduled discharge. In some cases, other issues like a hypospadias might require a delay until much older, when corrective surgery can be scheduled. ...Read more

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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?

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