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What's the difference between a baby born at 36 weeks and one full term ? Will the baby act any different ?

What's the difference between a baby born at 36 weeks and one full term ? Will the baby act any different ?

Short/long term: Babies nervous system development is mapped out from the point of conception rather than the time of birth. Developmental expectations like sitting/standing/walking etc. Are adjusted for these kids by a month. Other functions like gut maturity, kidney function and the like mature based on time of birth. So some issues are different some the same.By 2, most kids will act the same. ...Read more

Full Term (Definition)

Full term is a condition in which a baby is delivered after reaching 37 weeks' gestation. Full term babies are presumed to be normal, compared with premature babies who can suffer from cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc..., depending on ...Read more


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Is 36 weeks considered full term? -- and why don't you stop labor after 36 weeks?

Is 36 weeks considered full term? -- and why don't you stop labor after 36 weeks?

37 weejs: 37 weeks is consiidered fullterm. We don't stop labor after 35 to 36 weeks because the risks of the medications can outweigh the risks of prematurity. ...Read more

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2 babies both weighing 5lbs 9oz.One was born @ 35.5wks and the other was born@ 40wks.Was the full term small for 40wk or the 35wk one big for preterm?

2 babies both weighing 5lbs 9oz.One was born @ 35.5wks and the other was born@ 40wks.Was the full term small for 40wk or the 35wk one big for preterm?

Growth restriction: A term baby weighing 5 lb 9 oz suggests some problems with the health of the placenta, maternal high blood pressure, or other issue that lead to baby not filling out in the normal way.Most will recover their weight after birth and experience catch up growth over the first year, unless the infant has a medical condition that led to the lower weight in the first place. ...Read more

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Can full term babies get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Can  full term babies get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Yes but rare: Very rarely a full term baby can get necrotizing enterocolitis. It usually occurs in full term babies in the first 1-3 days of life. Most often there is a predisposing reason such as birth asphyxia, respiratory distress, congenital heart disease, or metabolic abnormalities, or has a history of abnormal fetal growth pattern. There can also be maternal issues that predispose a full term baby to nec. ...Read more

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Do full term babies ever get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Do full term babies ever get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Rarely: Necrotizing enterocolitis usually happens because the bowel was deprived oxygen. Most term newborns don't have problems but those that have respiratory problems and infection or other issues which can decrease the oxygenation to the bowel can ge nec. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if full term babies get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Can you tell me if full term babies get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Yes: It is possible but typically it is under weight premature infants after initial feedings. ...Read more

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How common is periventricular leukomalacia in babies born full term?

How common is periventricular leukomalacia in babies born full term?

Uncommon: Very uncommon. Periventricular leukomalacia, or white matter pathology, represents some pathological process has occurred or is occurring. This would require an understanding of cause and perhaps an action plan wrt treatment, if possible. ...Read more

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Will loud music such as a car radio affect my babies hearing.....I'm 36 weeks?

Will loud music such as a car radio affect my babies hearing.....I'm 36 weeks?

No: It will not. The baby is protected by the bag of water it is floating in, and it does an excellent job of protecting the babies ears. ...Read more

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If a patient wanted to be induced early to avoid a difficult delivery of a large infant, how unusual will it be to induce at less than 36 weeks?

If a patient wanted to be induced early to avoid a difficult delivery of a large infant, how unusual will it be to induce at less than 36 weeks?

Extremely: No doctor should consider this based on current guidelines. You should be evaluated for causes of a large infant. Elective delivery should not be performed prior to 39 weeks. Estimated size is not an appropriate indication for early delivery due to the inaccuracy inherent in estimating fetal weight. Size may be considered when deciding the route of delivery. ...Read more

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