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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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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 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

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What re the dangers of jaundice in an infant?

What re  the dangers of jaundice in an infant?

Kernicterus: By far, most infants with jaundice are fine and get over it without difficulty. If, however, it gets really severe, the infant can get something called kernicterus, which refers to yellow staining of the brain, and leads to severe, lifelong physical problems. That's why we as physicians check to make sure jaundice doesn't get too severe, and why we treat it when we suspect it might. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of jaundice in an infant?

What are the symptoms of jaundice in an infant?

They look yellow: Jaundiced babies take on a yellowish skin tone that can be evident in the white of their eyes.They will also have some looser stools & may not feed well. ...Read more

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How to get rid of infant jaundice?

How to get rid of infant jaundice?

May need eval: About half of infants will be visibly jaundiced by 5 days of age; some of those will need hospital based treatments like phototherapy or IV hydration, most will clear without help.I would contact your babies doc & discuss the finding with his/her staff.A blood test may be needed to assess the degree of jaundice. ...Read more

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Can cardiomyopathy in mother cause severe jaundice and low hemoglobin in 19 day old infant?

Can cardiomyopathy in mother cause severe jaundice and low hemoglobin in 19 day old infant?

Not likely: It appears your child has some kind of a hemolytic process going on. You need the immediate help of a pediatric hematologist. ...Read more

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I have a hh agency(new), peds & just had first time request for light therapy for newborn jaundice infant. What complications are there?

I have a hh agency(new), peds & just had first time request for light therapy for newborn jaundice infant. What complications are there?

See below: Blue light therapy for jaundice is standard for breaking down the bilirubin that is being produced and seen in the skin and sclera. As long as the child's eyes are protected and hydration is monitored along with the bilirubin levels (by a health care professional), i fore see no complications as long as the bilirubin level is lowering and the child is not sick as well. ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding an infant or giving them breast milk prevent jaundice?

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Can breastfeeding an infant or giving them breast milk prevent jaundice?

Newborn jaundice : No breast milk does not prevent newborn jaundice which will happen to most of newborn. Usually breast feeding newborns may have more jaundice than formula feeding babies. Because breast milk is the best nutrition for infants it is recommended that babies fed with breast milk. Neonatal jaundice should be followed closely and treated with photo therapy (bili light) if needed. ...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 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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Why can premature babies sometimes have trouble breathing?

Why can premature babies sometimes have trouble breathing?

Lungs not ready.: Fetal lungs continue to mature until 39 weeks. Babies born prematurely have difficulty breathing because their lungs and muscles have not fully developed/matured and cannot process gas exchange efficiently. Prenatal Betamethasone shot to the mother can accelerate fetal lung maturity. ...Read more

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In premature babies, sometimes the alveoli collapse. Is that rds?

In premature babies, sometimes the alveoli collapse. Is that rds?

Yes.: That is exactly what underlies the neonatal respiratory distress syndrome - poor surfactant concentration leads to alveolar collapse in preemies. Prenatal Betamethasone helps prevent this complication. ...Read more

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What are some names of some heart diseases that premature babies can get?

What are some names of some heart diseases that premature babies can get?

PDA: Pda or patent ductus arteriosus is the most common form of cardiac abnormality in premature infants. Other forms of heart disease or anatomical variants such as a pfo or patent foremen ovale may also be present. ...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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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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Are premature babies born with kidneys?

Are premature babies born with kidneys?

Yes : The kidneys develop in the first few weeks of fetal development. If a premature baby was born without kidneys then that would indicate another problem is present besides prematurity. ...Read more

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Why does bronchopulmonary dysplasia mainly happen to premature babies?

Why does bronchopulmonary dysplasia mainly happen to premature babies?

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 more

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Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more


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Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more