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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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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 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

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Is there federal funding for people with learning disabilities after age 18y?

Is there federal funding for people with learning disabilities after age 18y?

To get tested: To get tested for a learning disabilty mild or severe you need to find two or three good psychologists in your area who do this work regularly and ask them. The mildness ofmthe disability does not mean it will cost les it could cost more. Mild ld may be harder to pinpoint and may take more time to find. A related question is why are your trying to find this ld? What difficulty does it present? ...Read more

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Learning disabilities diagnostic clinic for preemies. Anyone tried this?

Learning disabilities diagnostic clinic for preemies. Anyone tried this?

Yes: premature infants are at risk for learning disabilities. Many academic programs have follow up programs which include developmental pediatricians, pediatric neurologists and developmental psychologists, who can evaluate and help manage former premies who have learning problems. ...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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Why does 7 months premature baby is safer than 8 months premature baby?

Why does 7 months premature baby is safer than 8 months premature baby?

More information: Premature delivery is typically defined as less than or before 37 weeks gestation. The incidence of complications increases based on earlier gestational age and lower birth weight. Management of expectant mothers can include drugs to prevent premature delivery and to improve development of the lungs. ...Read more

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A doctor diagnosed my 26 weeks premature baby with static encephalopathy and may have PVL at risk for spastic cerebral palsy (spastic diplega)?

A doctor diagnosed my 26 weeks premature baby with static encephalopathy and may have PVL at risk for spastic cerebral palsy (spastic diplega)?

Yes ?: That is a condition common in micro premi's. If you have a specific related question please start over and submit it.You have essentially just provided a statement, but no clear question.Your submissions are not linked and go out at random to the public site. ...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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Is there disability aid for children with preventible birth defects like fetal alcohol?

Is there disability aid for children with preventible birth defects like fetal alcohol?

Yes: Most states offer disability aid for a variety of conditions such as fetal alcohol. It can vary depending on how severely the child is affected. ...Read more

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Does premature birth make babies more susceptible to rsv?

Does premature birth make babies more susceptible to rsv?

Yes: Almost all children get RSV infection at some time. It is typically most serious in very young infants, particularly those born prematurely. There is a medication (synagis (palivizumab)) that can be administered which lessens the severity of the infection, but there is very strict criteria on which babies can receive synagis (palivizumab). Check with your pediatrician to see if your baby qualifies. ...Read more

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When can a child with autism receive SSI disability income?

When can a child with autism receive SSI disability income?

Depends: Hard to answer with any degree of specificity in this kind of forum. Depends on age, family income, severity of illness, etc. Here's a good resource: http://www.Child-autism-parent-cafe.Com/social-security.Html. ...Read more

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Is there mandatory mental health screenings for children and young adults?

Is there mandatory mental health screenings for children and young adults?

No there are not: No there are no mandatory mental health screenings for children and young adults. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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Neonatal nurse for healthy babies, where to find one?

Neonatal nurse for healthy babies, where to find one?

Ask your doc: I am assuming you are referring to someone to help with your baby after birth. You can ask your OB for a reference or ask at the hospital where your baby is delivered. You can also check with the Board of Nursing in your state. ...Read more

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It is necessary cfgf diet for autistic children 12 years old with mild autism rate?

It is necessary cfgf diet for autistic children 12 years old with mild autism rate?

Not necessary : More than that , wholesome diet cutting overpocessed foods eg minimizing corn syrup, high sugar foods/drinks, msg , food with long list of preservatives, is always best. Heighten veggies eg hide in food. No formal studies have proven gluten free or celiac free is a general answer. Yet some people swear by it- no harm in trying for 1-2 months and see of helps. Transition foods very slowly :) ...Read more

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Will a baby born prematurely (e.g. at 24 weeks) have any lasting neurological/physical effects?

Will a baby born prematurely (e.g. at 24 weeks) have any lasting neurological/physical effects?

Impossible to say: Unfortunately, it's impossible to say without a physical & neurological exam. More often than not, there is some lasting effect ... However, the degree of severity varies A LOT - from minimal to very disabling. Best to discuss this with a neonatologist. The program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is the best I've seen. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Are parents to blame for global developmental delay?

Are parents to blame for global developmental delay?

very unlikely : In most cases of developmental delay parents are not directly or indirectly responsible. Exceptions might include substance abuse during pregnancy, head trauma from abuse or severe neglect leading to failure to thrive but these will have other associated findings not just developmental delay. It is best to speak with the provider to make sure a thorough evaluation is done. ...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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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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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 do some drugs cause premature babies?

Why do some drugs cause premature babies?

Various reasons: Drugs/medications effect on a pregnancy are always a concern and all should be avoided unless given under an MD's supervision/advise. http://www.webmd.com/baby/tc/preterm-labor-cause ...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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Do premature babies grow up to be short adults?

Do premature babies grow up to be short adults?

Not necessarily: Extremely early or very low birth weight babies may be generally smaller in height and weight as adults than term babies, but many preterm babies grow to essentially normal height (genetically determined). ...Read more

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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

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Why are premature babies less likely to gain weight when they get older?

Why are premature babies less likely to gain weight when they get older?

Apparently...: ...They seem to be born with fewer cells, including fat cells, and while growing at a similar rate, do not achieve the same size milestones at the same time. ...Read more

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Can PDA in premature babies effect them in adult hood, even though it was treated?

Can PDA in premature babies effect them in adult hood, even though it was treated?

Depends: The PDA is a structure we all had that permitted efficient heart pumping while we were not using our lungs. It occasionally doesn't close at birth (as expected) and adds to the pumping load. Closing it with meds or surgery is often done to help premi's grow. If it persists into childhood it can be closed electively. Once closed it is not a problem & unrelated to any heart problem i know of. ...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?

How premi???: All premi's do not generate the same survival rates. Those below 26 weeks have much worse outlook than those at 34 and above.Yet even those born close to term can have devastating complications in labor/delivery or in the nursery. If you have a case in mind please submit more information in a separate question. ...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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What is the effective cure for colds in premature babies?

What is the effective cure for colds in premature babies?

Clean the nose: First, because babyes are nose breathing. Tylrnol for fever. Humidifayer also helps. ...Read more

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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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What is the most effective cure for colds in premature babies?

What is the most effective cure for colds in premature babies?

Time: And simple supportive care. Sit the child up to help drainage, suction the nose and mouth to clear mucous and (if available), a humidifier in the room - all may help. ...Read more

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When do premature retinas become developed in premature babies?

When do premature retinas become developed in premature babies?

Rop: Infants born before 32 wks of age are at greatest risk for developing retinopathy of prematurity. Infants at risk are monitored beginning at 4 wks of age or 32 wks whichever is later retinas typically are mature at about 37 wks but this can vary, and so retinas are typically monitored until mature. ...Read more

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What are the immediate and long-term effects of premature babies?

What are the immediate and long-term effects of premature babies?

Can be very diverse: The immediate and long term effects of being born premature greatly depends on the level of prematurity as well as every factor associated with pregnancy, birth, and care afterwards. The list of possible effects, complications, outcomes, is much greater than 400 characters. You can research some info from the American Academy of Pediatrics or discuss with your pediatrician and/or neonatologist. ...Read more

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Can some of the premature babies be affected by drugs given their moms?

Can some of the premature babies be affected by drugs given their moms?

Yes: Fetuses, at any stage of development, can be affected by compounds ingested by the mother. However, not all drugs are harmful to the fetus. For example, if you do go into premature labor, the OB will give you steroids to mature the premature baby's lungs. Also, once babies are born, if mother is breastfeeding, drugs can be transmitted to the infant through the milk. However, not all drugs are bad. ...Read more

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What are the therapeutic options to aid the development of premature babies?

What are the therapeutic options to aid the development of premature babies?

Early Intervention: Research has demonstrated that early intervention by specialists in physical , speech and occupational therapy make a huge difference in helping the premature baby achieve normal developmental milestones.The sooner the better. ...Read more

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Premature Delivery (Definition)

Premature delivery is birth prior to the 37th ...Read more