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Will My Preemie Ever Catch Up
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A premature baby is a baby born before term, meaning the baby is born before finishing 38 weeks of pregnancy. The earlier a baby is born, the more problems a baby will have in trying to adapt to the environment outside the mother's uterus. Problems include: small size, lung problems, heart problems, bleeding in the brain, hearing ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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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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