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What disabilities can premature babies experience?

What disabilities can premature babies experience?

Multiple.: Intraventricular brain hemorrhage is one of the most severe and can lead to cerebral palsy and poor neurodevelopmental outcomes. Necrotizing enterocolitis is another severe morbidity of preemies that may even prove fatal. Other problems: respiratory distress leading to bronchopulmonary dysplasia, retinopathy of prematurity, jaundice, poor feeding, temperature/electrolyte imbalances, apnea episodes. ...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 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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Can premature labor and delivery cause infertility at 26 weeks with vaginal delivery?

Can premature labor and delivery cause infertility at 26 weeks with vaginal delivery?

SecondaryInfertility: A person who has one pregnancy and cannot get pregnant a 2nd time is usually not due to the previous 26 week delivery. An incompetent cervix means that the patient got pregnant again. A vigorous scraping at a d & c post partum can cause infertility. ...Read more

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Can kangaroo care in nicus influence preterm babies emotional and social development?

Can kangaroo care in nicus influence preterm babies emotional and social development?

Possibly: We are slowly learning more about early developmental influences and how early impressions may be formed. Some of this can probably be reversed by changes in approach a later ages, but difficult to really assess accurately. ...Read more

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Can a prematured baby with respiratory distress syndrome fully recovered?

Can a prematured baby with respiratory distress syndrome fully recovered?

Absolutely: There have been many studies showing excellent lung function in children who suffered from respiratory distress syndrome as premies. However, these babies may be more susceptible to long term consequences to the developing lungs of viral infections, cigarette smoke and allergens. ...Read more

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Can caesarian delivery and respiratory distress syndrome be related?

Can caesarian delivery and respiratory distress syndrome be related?

Yes: Generally respiratory distress following c section is because of fluid in the lungs that can take few hours to clear up , other times it really depends on the reason for the c section. If the c section is done because of fetal distress it indicates there was some problem already and c section is only incidental. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can the environment of traditional neonatal intensive care units (nicus) influence preterm babies cognitive, and social development?

Can you tell me how can the environment of traditional neonatal intensive care units (nicus) influence preterm babies cognitive, and social development?

NICUs and developmen: The noisy and painful experiences in nicus of the past appeared to affect babies development. Added to that, the lack of parental contact has been shown to be detrimental. Modern, progressive nicus encourage parents to participate in their baby's care or provide surrogates (cuddlers). They cluster care to minimize interruption of babies' natural cycles. They decrease noise and other stimuli. ...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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Delivery by cesarean section is one of the predisposing factors of neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, why? And how?

Delivery by cesarean section is one of the predisposing factors of neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, why? And how?

??RDS??: I would agree more cs babies have respiratory pbs than regular delivery but the issue is ttn ( transient tachypnea of the newborn) not rds.A trip down the birth canal helps squeeze some of the lung fluid out before birth, which does not happen for cs. About 10% of cs will have to work hard to clear that fluid & may require o2 & special care in the process.It usually clears in < 48hr. ...Read more

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Medical problems with premature baby later in life?

Medical problems with premature baby later in life?

It depends.: It depends on how premature the baby was and what medical problems the baby had in the nicu. Any problems that showed up in the nicu may or may not continue to be an issue, and premature babies are also at higher risk of developmental delay. ...Read more

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Can prenatal massage therapists induce labor?

Can prenatal massage therapists induce labor?

OMM: Osteopathic manipulation, particularly at the junction of the thoracic and lumbar spine, can be very effective in inducing labor when carefully applied by a skilled physician. The physician can also help to deliver the baby if things start moving quickly. ...Read more

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Are their social development programs for graduates from neonatal intensive care unit?

Development: Many nicus have developmental follow up clinics to evaluate progress and needs after going home from the nicu and the children are prescribed physical, occupational, and speech therapy as is warranted. The therapy occurs on developmentally appropriate levels which is often through play therapy. ...Read more

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What causes women to deliver prematurely?

What causes women to deliver prematurely?

Usually unknown: Some premature deliveries are due to factors such as membrane rupture, uterine infection, incompetent cervix, etc. However, most of the premature deliveries we see are not due to any obvious reason. ...Read more

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Why do premature infants have respiratory problems?

Why do premature infants have respiratory problems?

Specialized coating: Surfactant is one of the last things for a fetus to produce, like paint for your rooms, you get everything else built before the finish work.Prematurity can delay production.The material works on the walls of the air pockets in the lungs to keep them partially open when you exhale.Without the coating, these air pockets empty like a balloon & take excessive force to reopen.That gives respiratory pbs. ...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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Does pitocin (oxytocin) in labor cause distress?

Does pitocin (oxytocin) in labor cause distress?

Pitocin (oxytocin): Pitocin (oxytocin) is what your own body makes to help you squeeze out a baby. It helps increase the effectiveness of the contractions. Drs can add a supplement to assist labor & at proper doses it speeds the process.Babies can grow well during pregnancy with a cord/placenta that in not healthy enough to endure the stress of labor(leading to a distress pattern) nurses can stop added pit but not what u make. ...Read more

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General concerns and questions about newborn with respiratory distress syndrome in intensive care?

General concerns and questions about newborn with respiratory distress syndrome in intensive care?

Prematurity: Leads to immature lunga with inadequate surfactant, a detergent that helps keep alveoli open. High o2 concentrations can cause retrolentil fibroplasoia leading to blindness. ...Read more

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Do respiratory therapists usually work with blood a lot?

Do respiratory therapists usually work with blood a lot?

RT: Typically not unless someone is bleeding from lungs/throat. Sputum in sickness is sometimes as unpleasant and is also an exposure risk you are trained to avoid/manage. ...Read more

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What do respiratory therapists do?

What do respiratory therapists do?

ICU and more: Rts are trained experts at delivering oxygen therapy & inhaled medications and (in intensive care units) at managing mechanical ventilators and other monitoring devices we rely on to treat critical illness. Some rts also work in pulmonary function laboratories. ...Read more

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Do respiratory therapists always intubate or do interns normally do it?

Do respiratory therapists always intubate or do interns normally do it?

Depends: None normally in a good institute. Interns have to show personal interest in learning the procedure. Some institutes allow rt to intubate, most don't and is in the realm of an experienced md like er, ICU or anesthesiologist who are experts in managing the airways. You can lose a life very easy. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the responsibilities of the respiratory therapists?

I was wondering what are the responsibilities of the respiratory therapists?

A lot: In the hospital the respiratory therapists administer nebulizer treatments (for wheezing problems), do percussion therapy (to loosen mucous) and manage patients on ventilators with the ICU doctors. They also help with pulmonary testing like spirometry. ...Read more

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How can respiratory therapists help sick/stuffy nose babies?

How can respiratory therapists help sick/stuffy nose babies?

They can't: You can help with some saline nasal spray. If it persists, you need to see your pediatrician or an ent. A respiratory therapist is usually a hospital based allied health professional who helps with respiratory care in the hospital... Ventilation management. ...Read more

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How can a respiratory therapist help me manage my oxygen levels?

How can a respiratory therapist help me manage my oxygen levels?

Treatments.: Respiratory therapists provide treatments of all types; some requiring machines call ventilators. If you have 'pulmonary'(lung) concerns then speak with your doctor; you may need to see a lung doctor(pulmonologist). ...Read more

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How many respiratory therapist's are needed in a hospital? Is there a high demand for them?

Respiratory: Therapists needed depend on the size and capability of the hospital. In any case, at any shift one is needed to take care of patients needs but has to alternate so more is needed. In ones with icu, rt's are needed to take are of vents. So the number needed is variable. ...Read more

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When we should use PEEP 0 on MV? In which category of patients? From : student Respiratory therapist

Not the site: This is situational and judgmental according to the case at hand, please refer to your tutors and text books, good luck ...Read more

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Why do you want a respiratory therapist on hand when giving birth?

Why do you want a respiratory therapist on hand when giving birth?

??: Respiratory therapists typically aren't on hand for delivery. Exceptions may be if you are expecting a premature infant or an infant that may have a breathing issue. And usually there is a pediatric nurse practitioner or pediatrician present also. ...Read more

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What kind of drugs can a respiratory therapist push?

Respiratory Therapy: A therapist in most hospitals has standard orders to choose standard medications based on the pulmonary function of the patient. These are according to strict established protocols. These are nebulizer medications such as albuterol. They do not "push" medications. Other medications such as steroids in the nebulizers are specifically ordered by physicians. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can become a rt-respiratory therapist in canada?

How to become an RT: normally you need to go to a respiratory therapy school for anywhere from 1 to 4 years. You can google respiratory therapy schools. ...Read more

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How does a respiratory therapist help you breathe?

Breathing Treatments: Typically respiratory therapists work in hospitals and help administer breathing treatments like albuterol via nebulizer machines. They also assist with arterial blood gas levels and mechanical ventilators in the intensive care unit. ...Read more

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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more


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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more