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I am a grown adult who was a micro preemie at birth, weighing 1lb, 9oz. Could I still have impaired lungs and impaired lung function from BPD?

I am a grown adult who was a micro preemie at birth, weighing 1lb, 9oz. Could I still have impaired lungs and impaired lung function from BPD?

Possible: It is possible but you would still be having problems if you did. If you have been doing well, any residual damage is minor. ...Read more

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I had a micro preemie at 24 weeks due to a uterine infection that caused preterm labor. How likely am i to have another preemie?

I had a micro preemie at 24 weeks due to a uterine infection that caused preterm labor. How likely am i to have another preemie?

Varies: If it was truly due to an infection and that infection is treated and cured, you would be at no higher risk than usual.However, if there were other contributing circumstances, like early cervical shortening, any abnormalities of uterus, then the risk could be a lot higher. It's an excellent thing to talk to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist about and what you can do pre-pregnancy to prevent. ...Read more

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Should I insist on sitters taking cpr to care for my preemie?

Should I insist on sitters taking cpr to care for my preemie?

Good idea: That's a good idea. That way they can save the baby with infant CPR until ems arrives. It's a short course and a good idea for everyone to know - infant, child, and adult cpr. ...Read more

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Is it possible to breastfeed a preemie?

Is it possible to breastfeed a preemie?

Yes: It's actually, most of the time, the best way to feed a preemie. Ones who need a feeding tube still benefit from breast milk and intimate contact even if they can't actually suckle. ...Read more

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What is the best way to breastfeed a preemie?

What is the best way to breastfeed a preemie?

Nursing Staff: Nicu nurses are some of the best you'll find. Highly dedicated & exceptionally well trained, they also have a lot invested in your premie. Still, they have different comfort levels & different personalities, good days and bad days. Show your appreciation for the nursing staff and maintain a good rapport. They can become your best nicu advocates and they'll help you reach your breastfeed goals. ...Read more

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What does "preemie" mean?

What does "preemie" mean?

Premature baby: It's a medical slang and it corresponds to a baby, who was born less that 37 weeks of gestational age. ...Read more

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How does a preemie get nec?

How does a preemie get nec?

NEC: Although the exact etiology of necrotizing enterocolitis (nec) remains unknown, research suggests multiple factors - inefficient blood circulation; infectious agents like bacteria, viruses, and fungi; immaturity and dysfunction of the immune system. Regardless of the triggering mechanisms, the resultant outcome is significant inflammation of the intestinal tissues. ...Read more

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What is a preemie step-down unit?

Less intervention: It means your baby is doing much better and requires less care. Maybe just needs to feed and grow. ...Read more

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How does that advice change with a preemie?

How does that advice change with a preemie?

Not a chat room: Questions you submit to HT are randomly presented to physicians who visit the site. They are never linked, and we cannot see what or if you asked another question. The wording of this question suggests you are asking a followup to another question. To get the most from the site, please provide all the information needed to answer your question every time. ...Read more

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