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Dr. Cindy Juster
260 doctors shared insights

Premature Baby (Overview)

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 predict gestational fairly reliably


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Doctors are worried about me having a premature baby -- I know a lot of moms who have babies early and their kids are fine?

Doctors are worried about me having a premature baby -- I know a lot of moms who have babies early and their kids are fine?

It's complex: There can be many issues with premature babies . They can have breathing problems associated with immature lungs. They can have feeding and digestion issues due to immaturity of the GI tract. Preemies may have difficulty regulating their temperature, which puts stress on their bodies. They have delicate blood vessels and can have bleeding into the brain. Future developmental issues possible. ...Read more

Dr. Cindy Juster
260 doctors shared insights

Premature Baby (Overview)

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 predict gestational fairly reliably


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What are the symptoms of premature baby "pauses" in breathing?

What are the symptoms of premature baby "pauses" in breathing?

Apnea: Apnea is stopping breathing for about 15 seconds but premature babies do periodic breathing also(slow than fast then slow). The more premature the more likely to have some apnea. They do grow out of this. ...Read more

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Caring for Your Baby (Checklist)

Vaccinate for hepatitis B prior to hospital discharge
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Obtain newborn metabolic screen prior to hospital discharge
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Schedule baby's first doctor exam for two to four days after hospital discharge
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Schedule baby's well exam and vaccinations for age two months
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What are the tests for premature baby?

What are the tests for premature baby?

Depends: Gestational age is usually determined by a combination of calculations based on the last menstrual period, physical examination of the pregnant woman, and fetal ultrasound. There are tests that can be done just before birth to see if the baby's lungs are mature, and after the baby is born a physical examination and scoring system help to determine the degree of prematurity. ...Read more

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Having a Baby Through Surrogacy (Checklist)

Get legal advice and make sure all documentation is complete
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Choose a candidate and do a thorough interview
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Choose a reputable company
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Participate in prenatal care with the surrogate
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What is the treatment for premature baby?

Depends: "preemies" can have almost no problems to serious lifr-threatening problems or anywhere in between. The more premature the baby is the more problems you can expect, but even some very premature babies do very well. Go to www.Healthychildren.Org and search on "preemie". Under the reference entitled "preemie" is a list: choose "health issues of premature babies" for an nice overview. ...Read more

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I have premature baby born with septic shock he survived. I am home will close relatives who wear a mask when they visit prevent flu to baby ?

I have premature baby born with septic shock he survived.  I am home will close relatives who wear a mask when they visit prevent flu to baby ?

A good start!: Masks are a good idea, hand washing is even more important! the bottom line is that nothing is 100% certain to prevent transmission of a virus - except avoidance. If people are ill, they probably shouldn't be visiting. ...Read more

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Doctors are worried about me having a premature baby -- I know a lot of moms who have babies early and their kids are fine?

It's complex: There can be many issues with premature babies . They can have breathing problems associated with immature lungs. They can have feeding and digestion issues due to immaturity of the GI tract. Preemies may have difficulty regulating their temperature, which puts stress on their bodies. They have delicate blood vessels and can have bleeding into the brain. Future developmental issues possible. ...Read more

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Which celebrities babies have retinopathy of prematurity?

Which celebrities babies have retinopathy of prematurity?

Protected info: This is protected health information, to which only the parent's, child and doctors involved should be privy. ...Read more

Dr. Chevies Newman
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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