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What does "preemie" mean?

What does "preemie" mean?

Premature baby: It's a medical slang and it corresponds to a baby, who was born less that 37 weeks of gestational age. ...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


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How does a preemie get nec?

How does a preemie get nec?

NEC: Although the exact etiology of necrotizing enterocolitis (nec) remains unknown, research suggests multiple factors - inefficient blood circulation; infectious agents like bacteria, viruses, and fungi; immaturity and dysfunction of the immune system. Regardless of the triggering mechanisms, the resultant outcome is significant inflammation of the intestinal tissues. ...Read more

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What is a preemie step-down unit?

What is a preemie step-down unit?

Less intervention: It means your baby is doing much better and requires less care. Maybe just needs to feed and grow. ...Read more

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How does that advice change with a preemie?

How does that advice change with a preemie?

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What is the best bottle to use for a preemie?

Trial and error: You need to figure this out through trial and error. Search online and read the blogs. Then bring your baby and see which bottles and nipples are closest fitting to your baby. You will need to try a few until you find one that works. ...Read more

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How do I know if my preemie is developing correctly?

How do I know if my preemie is developing correctly?

Modified scale: Motor development is the most common gauge we use for infant development.Charts used to assess motor skills are based on babies born at term.In premi's we adjust the expectations by how many weeks they were early. For example, tripod sitting for a few seconds is expected in term infants by 6m or 6m+wks premi for premi's.By 18-24m they seem to catch up. They should check this at ur checkups. ...Read more

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Is staying at home require for a family if a preemie?

Is staying at home require for a family if a preemie?

Sometimes: Some preemies require much more care than full term infants and placing them in day care is a risk for infections they may not fight as well as full term babies. An example is RSV that can be devastating for a premature infant. You have to consider the amount of care your baby has required prior to coming home and any complications he or she might have had. ...Read more

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When will my preemie reach a normal weight and height?

When will my preemie reach a normal weight and height?

24 months: Most babies will reach their expected growth curve by 2 years old, although those who were less premature will generally "catch up" sooner. If your child does not appear to be growing properly, your pediatrician will want to order some tests to determine if there is a treatable cause for the delay. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a preemie to not be behind (emotionally, socially, physically)?

Is it possible for a preemie to not be behind (emotionally, socially, physically)?

Yes: Development in infants follows a similar sequence reguardless of prematurity. I have seen many 34+ wk premi's match the talents of term infants. As you go earlier, it is less likely. I find it more important to monitor progress thru skill sets with the aid of early childhood professionals. They can find areas of where a bit of help can give your child a chance to catch up. ...Read more

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