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6 mo after due date: The short answer is 6 months after the due date. This is an average and variation of plus or minus several months is usually no cause for worry. Typically the lower front teeth are the first to show up. Obviously, each child is unique, and you should consult your dental provider for your specific case. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
New carseat rec are rear-facing longer. My kids seats can rear-face til 45lbs- my kids weigh 36 but are 6&4. What is reasonable for micro-preemies?
Question unclear: If your 6 & 4 yo were micro-premies , it never hurts them to be rear facing if the seat is so designed. Protection from the forward head snap & spinal cord stretch is the primary reason for this recommendation. You can see an interesting video at www.Joelsjourney.Com reflecting the neck injury of a 35 lb boy who was forward facing. If you have new micro-premies, a car bed may be in order. ...Read more
Different rates: All of us develop at different rates. This is both genetic and environmental. That is why some of us age faster than others and it applies to preemies as well. Good care by an obstetrician can improve a preemie's chances- for example, keeping maternal risk factors under control (bp, sugar) or even by treatments pre-birth to lessen serious pulmonary/heart issues. ...Read more
For apnea or prem.: Aminophylline may be preferred to enhance contractility in the diaphragm/lungs or benefit from it's bronchodilator properties.Side effects-possible decrease in cerebral blood flow & concerns re: role in the occurrence or severity of necrotizing enterocolitis. Caffeine has a wider therapeutic margin-less chance of overdosing-thus it is the preferred agent. ...Read more
Their Parents!: Toys are fine and dandy, but there's nothing that can stimulate healthy cognitive, emotional, and physical development quite like interacting with a parent. However much money you spend on a toy, use it together with your child and your dollars will have been well spent! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Should I expect my ex27 week preemies to gain weight at a rate similar to other kids their age? @4yr the 3rd 5th or 11th %ile, should they stay there?
Yes, usually: By age 4 years, most ex-preemies follow a percentile line pretty well, on the regular growth chart. The extremely disabled ex-preemies can have trouble growing due to their multiple problems, and may not follow the regular growth chart. A pediatrician can periodically measure a child to see whether or not more needs to be done to help with growth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Reflux is more common in premies as the muscle at the lower part of the esophagus that contracts to prevent milk from regurgitating back up from the stomach is less developed (and "weaker") in a premie than a term infant. Positioning the baby upright and burping frequently during feedings helps to control reflux symptoms. Sometimes medications may be helpful, especially if the baby is having pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Premature infants: Unfortunately in premature infants the brain center which controls the delicate balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide is not fully developed.Also the lung surfactant has not developed so the lung collapses between breaths and babies become hypoxic! all efforts are being made today in the world to prevent prematurity especially due to the fact that lungs are not developed ! ...Read more
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