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Why are premature baby girls more likely to live than their male counterparts?

Why are premature baby girls more likely to live than their male counterparts?

Are they really?: "the devil's in the details." boys are more likely to be born prematurely, and they are more likely to be small for gestational age. All other things being equal, there does appear to be a small gender gap. Research continues, yet we still don't really know why. I would submit that ours is to pray for healthy, full-term babies, and to appreciate what g-d sends us, however small, boy or girl. ...Read more

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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


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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

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Who else has retinopathy of prematurity besides tiny babies?

Who else has retinopathy of prematurity besides tiny babies?

Also iillnesses: 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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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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How common now is retinopathy of prematurity (rop) in babies?

How common now is retinopathy of prematurity (rop) in babies?

Rare: 0.2 - 0.4% of all babies born in the us. The more premature the baby, the higher the likelihood. ...Read more

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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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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

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Infant son had kidney infection which was treated.He now has small area on his thumb and and middle finger that looked like it peeled off.What is this?

Infant son had kidney infection which was treated.He now has small area on his thumb and and middle finger that looked like it peeled off.What is this?

Peeling Skin: With a history of recent antibiotic therapy, it is possible this represents an allergic reaction to the antibiotic, especially if it was a penicillin derivative. As long as it doesn't appear to be getting worse or his condition remains the same, it might be a mild, self-limited reaction. As an alternative, children often get eczema in these areas, which responds to cortisone creme. ...Read more

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How do you stop a child from sucking there thumb?

How do you stop a child from sucking there thumb?

Persistence: The first steps is parents wanting to stop the problem. Then be persistent towards stopping the problem. Early intervention is key and i recommend trying to stop the pattern as early as 1st birthday. There are products such as thum or movala stop that can be painted on fingers that taste bad and stop the habit. There are thumb guards that can be worn. Your doc and dentist can help with this. ...Read more

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Should I try and stop my baby from sucking her thumb?

Should I try and stop my baby from sucking her thumb?

No: Sucking is a fantastic self-soothing behavior and if it is "forced" to be eliminated, one may see other behavioral problems soon follow. ...Read more

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Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

Thumb sucking: It is normal and i would not worry unless it goes beyond two years. Children can change the shape of their palate with thumb sucking. Don't stress it and consult your pediatrician or pediatric dentist. ...Read more

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Hello. My 3 months old baby not only suck thumb, but sucking all of hand! What causes this problem and what should I do?

Hello. My 3 months old baby not only suck thumb, but sucking all of hand! What causes this problem and what should I do?

Expect to: Babies lips are lined with millions of pleasure producing sensors that provide the instinct to latch and feed long before the know what hunger is. These pleasure sensors persist, and are an early means of self soothing in babies. As they mature they develop other interests, but this must fade on its own. ...Read more

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My high arced palate was caused by thumb sucking as a child. It has caused me to have a lisp (ch , sh , j , g some z) Is there any form of surgery to ?

My high arced palate was caused by thumb sucking as a child. It has caused me to have a lisp (ch , sh , j , g some z) Is there any form of surgery to ?

Lisp: Patients generally lisp as a result of the position of the tongue as it relates to the front upper and lower teeth and not from an arched palate. See a board certified Orthodontist who can evaluate you and determine what can be done from an Orthodontic standpoint and if Orthognathic surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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How can I stop my child from thumb-sucking?

How can I stop my child from thumb-sucking?

Teddy bear can work: A toddler (I hope s/he is at least this old) uses the thumb to self sooth while exploring the world.If you give them a teddy bear/soft snuggle of some sort, that will keep one hand/arm busy,it helps them self sooth. Since they need a free hand/fingers to touch and explore, they stay out of the mouth.Don't fuss at them about it, as that gives them anxiety, which requires self soothing. ...Read more

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How can I wean my child off thumb sucking?

How can I wean my child off thumb sucking?

Thumb sucking: You just have to remind them it is not a good thing to do. You have to break the habit. You could reward them with toys or bribes. Try to stay away from candy. You can also read some of the articles by dr brazelton who is an excellent resource for pediatrics. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my baby to fall asleep sucking her thumb?

Is it normal for my baby to fall asleep sucking her thumb?

Yes: All babies need to develop self-soothing skills and many babies do this with non-nutritive sucking (for example, thumb-sucking). The fact that she has learned to soothe herself with her thumb and to fall asleep with that is both normal and wonderful. Most babies will drop thumb sucking on their own in toddlerhood, though some keep it going longer. ...Read more

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How should I reward my child when trying to get her to quit thumb-sucking?

Rewards for good : Rewards for good behavior can be a simple as goods words and praise for good behavior. Most children like to keep their parents happy and do good. Try to stay away from candy. You can try bribes like a certain toy but try not to get in the habit of rewarding them for everything it is amazing how many parents tell their children they can get a toy after their doctor visit. Anyway. Good luck. ...Read more

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When is a normal time for my baby stop sucking her thumb?

When is a normal time for my baby stop sucking her thumb?

4 years: Even if it persist after 4, if it is an infrequent event don't worry to much, it is usually outgrown. If it is very persistent, then ask your pediatrician for help. You can use reward charts, put on socks if it's before bedtime or during bedtime, replace the thumb sucking with something else (squeeze ball), can also use these terrible tasting (of course non toxic) vegetable nail polishes (otc). ...Read more

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How do I stop a 4 year old child from sucking her thumb?

How do I stop a 4 year old child from sucking her thumb?

Options.: See when she does it. Is it when she feels scared, tired or bored? Address the feeling. Also you may start by setting expectations on where she is allowed to do it, thus reducing the "thumb time", other options are having her look in a mirror when she does it, to see if she likes what she sees. And lastly you can try some commercially available nail polishes that taste icky. DonĀ“t overwhelm her. ...Read more

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Premature Baby (Definition)

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 ...Read more