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Does Premature Baby Cause Failure To Thrive
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 3 more doctor answers
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
Many issues: This is a descriptive term indicating an infant or child who fails to meet the parameters for age and size and weight and in fact is falling down. This is an index of problems that need explanation. Categories: child abuse, malabsorption, severe infection, chronic illness, cancer, blood dyscrasias, inherited issues. Your pediatrician should be consulted immediately to sort this out. ...Read more
Immature lungs: The lungs of premature babies have not had time to develop, so they do not function as well as a full-term baby’s lungs. Many times, babies with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) are born with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). Their lungs are usually not able to make enough surfactant (a liquid that coats the lungs) to help keep them open so oxygen can flow through and help them breathe. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Poor oxygenation.: The nature of tof causes chronically poor oxygen concentration in affected children and this can decrease growth. The effect of serial surgeries and the occasionally syndromic nature of this anomaly (down, digeorge, alagille, phenylketonuria syndromes) account for other cases of failure to thrive. ...Read more
Specialized coating: Surfactant production is one of the last things to develop, like paint for your rooms, you get everything else built before the finish work.Prematurity or maternal diabetes can delay production. The material works on the walls of the air pockets in the lungs to keep them partially open when you exhale. Without the coating, these air pockets empty like a balloon & take excessive force to reopen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
RSV: In most infants, RSV manifests as a non-specific viral uri. A proportion of infants progress to lower respiratory disease caused by inflammatory shedding of damaged cells into the lumen of the rspiratory tact and edema resulting in creased resistance to airflow. The pt will have cough , wheezing, and increased work of breathing . Some pts need oxygen, IV fluids and deep suctioniing. ...Read more
Not connected : In the intensive care unit where i practice, respiratory failure and papilledema can occur in the same situation but one does not cause the other. I can think of situations such as high blood pressure emergency causing both, or trauma situation, or meningitis etc. This is typically a very dire situation where danger of dying or remaining handicapped for the rest of one's life is quite high. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many have: This label encoumpases a broad range of issues. It can be as simple as inadequate feeds in a normal kid to a medical problem with excessive nutrient loss.The behavioral interplay between caregiver & infant may also facter in.Undernutrition eventually results in increased susceptability to infection and poor respons to rx. In many countries this eventually leads to death. Proper rx can save most. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does respiratory distress syndrome only occur in premature babies or can it happen in older children too?
Confusing question: Although a premature infant may not have the intestinal development of a normal newborn, it will progress after birth & have the same abilities over time normal newborns actually continue to improve their intestinal function up to approximately 1 year of age. Insults to the infant causing injury might cause malabsorbtion, but that is true for adults too. ...Read more
Yes: Almost all children get RSV infection at some time. It is typically most serious in very young infants, particularly those born prematurely. There is a medication (synagis (palivizumab)) that can be administered which lessens the severity of the infection, but there is very strict criteria on which babies can receive synagis (palivizumab). Check with your pediatrician to see if your baby qualifies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autoimmune reaction: Most premataure ovarian failure are genetic or auto-immune related. A viral infection may trigger an auto-immune reaction destroying the follicles in ovaries. ...Read more
Would mild spasticity of mother effect baby in utero from 2nd trim on? How or if does tensing body effect baby? Can it lead to preterm labor?
Many causes: There are many causes for premature ovarian failure. Chemotherapy and radiation and certain medications can damage the ovaries. There are genetic causes such as fragile x and turner's syndrome. In many women, there is no identifiable cause which can be frustrating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any newborn infant with a gestational age of less 37 weeks- since most pregnancies other than in vitro fertilization cannot determine exact dates of conception, several methods such as early ultrasound, last menstrual period, and the Ballard gestational assessment can ...Read more
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