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Doctor insights on: Premature Baby Survival Rate

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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. 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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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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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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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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What is the survival rate of infant with encephalitis?

What is the survival rate of infant with encephalitis?

Encephalitis: The survival rate is based on the type of infection and how quickly it is treated and then the response to the antibiotics. With present day treatments and early intervention the results of survival have surprising good. ...Read more

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Can I nurse my premature baby?

Yes: As your premi's status improves and feeding is started, your expressed breast milk can be used for early gastric tube feeding. Sometimes they will mix this with material to increase the protein & calorie content. When some of the breathing support is removed and baby shows a good latch & swallow, you can feed in the unit. You can work with your OB & lactation consultant to boost your supply if low. ...Read more

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What formula is best for a premature baby?

What formula is best for a premature baby?

None: Breastmilk is best for a premature baby. Unfortunately, formulas are a poor substitute. They are harder for babies to digest, especially for premature babies, and they don't contain all the nutrients that breastmilk does. If for some reason you can't provide breastmilk, the baby's doctor can recommend a formula. Sometimes they end up trying several to find one that a baby can tolerate. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Premature baby?

What is the definition or description of: Premature baby?

Prematurity: 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 ...Read more

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My premature baby getting a bladder tap, should I be worried?

My premature baby getting a bladder tap, should I be worried?

Bladder Tap: In the hands of an experienced doctor, there is nothing to worry about. In fact, a bladder tap is known to be the best way to obtain a contaminant-free urine sample. It looks much worse than it is. ...Read more

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What to do about oral aversion in premature baby now one year old?

What to do about oral aversion in premature baby now one year old?

Self feeding: There are many details that would be helpful here, how premature? Birth history? Feeding history? Growth? Development? But in a general sense around a year babies need to start self feeding, and may refuse the spoon from mom. Babies start self feeding at 12 months and should be fully feeding themselves by 2! ...Read more

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Could a premature baby survive after the water breaks at 5 months?

Could a premature baby survive after the water breaks at 5 months?

Unlikely: The water breaking may permit germs to enter the fetal membranes and cause infection of baby and mother. If the leak sealed over and the baby carried longer, survival would be possible. If the delivery occurred now, the baby would not survive. ...Read more

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Should I apply sunscreen on my premature baby when we go for strolls?

Should I apply sunscreen on my premature baby when we go for strolls?

No: This is a tough one. Depends on how premature the baby is, and when you're taking them out. Generally after 6 mo you can use sunscreen. A very premature infant who is just going out for the first time probably should not be in direct sunlight, so a sunshade should be used. If not in direct sunlight, they don't need sunscreen. Check with your doc for exact recommendations. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is a premature baby's "pausing" during breathing?

What sort of problem is a premature baby's "pausing" during breathing?

Variable issue: After birth, a baby must learn how fast/how deep to breathe to get needed oxygen in various levels of activity from quiet sleep to full fussy behavior. Premi's are less capable in figureing out the cycles, often forgetting to breathe when needed. Although brief pauses are nl, long pauses can lead to low o2 brain injury. Drs use monitors & various meds to manage the premi problem until it resolves. ...Read more

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Explain why the first breath of a premature baby is the most difficult?

GASP!: The first breath for any baby is the most difficult, not just premature babies. It's like that first blow into a balloon that is not yet expanded - the first one to open it up is hardest. The lungs are filled with fluid and never having been expanded before, make it tough to open. With preemies, it's even tougher because the muscles they breath with are not as developed, so they're not as strong. ...Read more

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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. Cindy Juster
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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