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Are premature babies who suffered retinopathy of prematurity have any chance of seeing?

Are premature babies who suffered retinopathy of prematurity have any chance of seeing?

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

Dr. Chevies Newman
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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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Are premature babies who suffered retinopathy of prematurity and went blind ever going to have any chance of seeing?

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

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Why do I keep having premature babies?

Why do I keep having premature babies?

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

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Does nec only happen to premature babies?

Does nec only happen to premature babies?

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 more

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What challenges do premature babies face?

What challenges do premature babies face?

Extensive list: The risks are following depends how premature the baby is: rds -respiratory distress syndrome, bpd- bronchopulmonary dysplasia, pda- patent dustus arteriosus, nec- necrotising enterocolitis ivh- intracranial bleed rop- retinopathy of prematurity hypothermia feeding intolerance prolonged hospital stay sepsis cerebral palsy learning disabilities developmental delays death. ...Read more

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Why do some drugs cause premature babies?

Why do some drugs cause premature babies?

Various reasons: Drugs/medications effect on a pregnancy are always a concern and all should be avoided unless given under an MD's supervision/advise. http://www.webmd.com/baby/tc/preterm-labor-cause ...Read more

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Why does ivh mainly happen in premature babies?

Why does ivh mainly happen in premature babies?

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 more

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Do premature babies grow up to be short adults?

Do premature babies grow up to be short adults?

Not necessarily: Extremely early or very low birth weight babies may be generally smaller in height and weight as adults than term babies, but many preterm babies grow to essentially normal height (genetically determined). ...Read more

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What disabilities can premature babies experience?

What disabilities can premature babies experience?

Multiple.: Intraventricular brain hemorrhage is one of the most severe and can lead to cerebral palsy and poor neurodevelopmental outcomes. Necrotizing enterocolitis is another severe morbidity of preemies that may even prove fatal. Other problems: respiratory distress leading to bronchopulmonary dysplasia, retinopathy of prematurity, jaundice, poor feeding, temperature/electrolyte imbalances, apnea episodes. ...Read more

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Why are premature babies less likely to gain weight when they get older?

Why are premature babies less likely to gain weight when they get older?

Apparently...: ...They seem to be born with fewer cells, including fat cells, and while growing at a similar rate, do not achieve the same size milestones at the same time. ...Read more

Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Premature Delivery (Definition)

Premature delivery is birth prior to the 37th ...Read more