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Do Premature Babies Cry More
Yes: Babies with retinopathy of prematurity (rop) have a good chance of seeing in societies where advanced medical care exists. About 500 children per year in the us are reported to develop blindness due to rop. Ongoing follow up for babies with rop is important because other vision issues can also occur in these children over time. ...Read more
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
Are premature babies who suffered retinopathy of prematurity and went blind ever going to have any chance of seeing?
Very Unlikely: Prematurity is a risk factor that can lead to blindness. One important risk factor is birth weight, 1251 grams or less (2 lbs 12 ounces). A landmark study called the early treatment for retinopathy of prematurity, laser decreased incidence of blindness http://www.Nei.Nih.Gov/neitrials/static/study83.Asp the patient will need lifelong eye care for glaucoma, cataracts, strabismus, amblyopia, etc. ...Read more
Hard to say but: There can be many reasons-although we always don't understand. Some mothers just are predisposed to having preterm infants. The risk increases with each preterm delivery. Multiple births are associated with this condition as well as infections, incompetent cervix, pre-eclampsia, genetic and metabolic disorders, and many other reasons. ...Read more
No: Necrotizing enterocolitis (nec) is a serious intestinal problem that occurs in some premature babies. Nec can happen, but is much less common, in full-term babies. In nec, a combination of decreased blood flow to the intestines plus infection of the intestines with bacteria, leads to severe damage to parts of the intestines. Surgical removal of some damaged intestines must be done in some cases. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Uterus best incubatr: Premi babies are by definition not ready for the outside world. When they are delivered & staff scrambles to assist their breathing and support a weak blood pressure, shifts in blood flow & blood pressure strain the immature vessels of the brain & they may leak to form an ivh. As the baby "ripens"the vessels strengthen & their need for support also drops.Ivh can happen then but seldom does. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several things: It depends on what stage a pregnancy is in & what the cause of early labor is. Options include hormones, a circlage (ring that goes around the cervix to hold it closed), strict bedrest, and drugs like beta-agonists and IV magnesium. Blood pressure meds & antibiotics are used for certain types of preterm labor. Steroids are used to help mature the baby's lungs & antibiotics to prevent infection. ...Read more
HMD: Yes, surfactant is the magical substance that keeps the alveoli (air sacs) open. In premature newborns it is not made in sufficient quanitities to keep the air sacs open and as a result they develop respiratory failure due to a condition called hyaline membrane disease (hmd). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surfactant: The name is a blend created from the words surface active agent. ...Read more
Crying in infancy is described as a loud, high-pitched sound made by infants in response to certain situations. Infants have a cry reflex that is a normal response to some stimuli, such as pain or hunger. Older children and adults cry for emotional reasons such as pain, fear, sadness, or frustration. Premature infants may not have a cry reflex, so they must be monitored closely for signs ...Read more
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