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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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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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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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Do premature babies need special car seats?

Do premature babies need special car seats?

Yes: Every baby born less than 37 weeks gestation should have a car seat trial before discharge from the hospital, to ensure breathing is adequate. The hospital staff should check to see if the car seat you've selected is appropriate for the baby's size, and they should teach you how to use it safely. Baby may need a car bed if s/he fails the car seat test. Always place the car seat rear-facing. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of premature babies?

What is the survival rate of premature babies?

10-99 %: It really depends on how premature they are. With every week they stay inside the mom, their stay in the intensive care unit goes down by several weeks and their survival rates rise significantly. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of retinopathy in premature babies?

Sometimes none: Retinopathy of prematurity can occur in premature infants weighing about 2¾ pounds (1250 grams) or less that are born before 31 weeks of gestation (a full-term pregnancy has a gestation of 38–42 weeks). It is potentially blinding. Often there are no symptoms as these babies are pre-verbal. In severe rop a baby may not react to light and eventually not fix or follow objects. ...Read more

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What is the effective cure for colds in premature babies?

What is the effective cure for colds in premature babies?

Clean the nose: First, because babyes are nose breathing. Tylrnol for fever. Humidifayer also helps. ...Read more

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What are optimal ventilator settings for premature babies?

What are optimal ventilator settings for premature babies?

As needed: Vent settings are those required by the infant at the time by the factors involved. The pressures must be high enough to inflate the lung tissue and cycle often enough to remove co2. Fine tuning is done within the parameters set by the physician at the beside. ...Read more

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What is the most effective cure for colds in premature babies?

What is the most effective cure for colds in premature babies?

Time: And simple supportive care. Sit the child up to help drainage, suction the nose and mouth to clear mucous and (if available), a humidifier in the room - all may help. ...Read more

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When do premature retinas become developed in premature babies?

When do premature retinas become developed in premature babies?

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

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What are the immediate and long-term effects of premature babies?

What are the immediate and long-term effects of premature babies?

Can be very diverse: The immediate and long term effects of being born premature greatly depends on the level of prematurity as well as every factor associated with pregnancy, birth, and care afterwards. The list of possible effects, complications, outcomes, is much greater than 400 characters. You can research some info from the American Academy of Pediatrics or discuss with your pediatrician and/or neonatologist. ...Read more

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Can some of the premature babies be affected by drugs given their moms?

Can some of the premature babies be affected by drugs given their moms?

Yes: Fetuses, at any stage of development, can be affected by compounds ingested by the mother. However, not all drugs are harmful to the fetus. For example, if you do go into premature labor, the OB will give you steroids to mature the premature baby's lungs. Also, once babies are born, if mother is breastfeeding, drugs can be transmitted to the infant through the milk. However, not all drugs are bad. ...Read more

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What are the therapeutic options to aid the development of premature babies?

What are the therapeutic options to aid the development of premature babies?

Early Intervention: Research has demonstrated that early intervention by specialists in physical , speech and occupational therapy make a huge difference in helping the premature baby achieve normal developmental milestones.The sooner the better. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some names of some fatal diseases that premature babies can get?

Can you tell me some names of some fatal diseases that premature babies can get?

Not sure why asking: Premature infant can have complications-most of which do not lead to death. Death from prematurity is now becoming very rare. Survival is inversely proportional to gestational age. Most deaths from prematurity are at less than 28 wks. The real at risk group is 23-25 wks gestation. ...Read more

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Could premature babies have narrow faces when they get older like in their teens and twenties?

Could premature babies have narrow faces when they get older like in their teens and twenties?

Possibly: Some do and some don't. It may depend on the cause of the prematurity, other issues such as nutrition and other growth factors, and on-going health of the baby. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Premature Delivery (Definition)

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