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Do Premature Babies Develop Slower
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
Rop: Infants born before 32 wks of age are at greatest risk for developing retinopathy of prematurity. Infants at risk are monitored beginning at 4 wks of age or 32 wks whichever is later retinas typically are mature at about 37 wks but this can vary, and so retinas are typically monitored until mature. ...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
Depends: The PDA is a structure we all had that permitted efficient heart pumping while we were not using our lungs. It occasionally doesn't close at birth (as expected) and adds to the pumping load. Closing it with meds or surgery is often done to help premi's grow. If it persists into childhood it can be closed electively. Once closed it is not a problem & unrelated to any heart problem i know of. ...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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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