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Challenges Faced by a Preterm Baby

Challenges Faced by a Preterm Baby

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Babies are generally born between 37 to 42 weeks of gestation. A baby born before 37 weeks gestation is called a preterm baby.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Since preterm babies are born early, their bodies are not ready for the outside world. Their organs are not fully developed and hence they need special care until their organs develop enough to sustain them. This may take weeks or even months. Preterm babies need special care to overcome a number of health challenges that they may face.

Some of The Health Problems That Preterm Babies May Face Include:

Ensure you choose a hospital with good neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) as these are equipped to provide specialised care to preterm infants, thus improving their chance of survival.

  • Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS)
  • Bleeding in the brain

  • Infection
  • Problems with the digestive system
  • Problems controlling body temperature
  • Trouble communicating and making sounds
  • Vision and hearing problems
  • Cerebral palsy and other neurological problems
  • Developmental delays

These problems may be overcome in the short-term, or they may continue for long periods and result in long-term disabilities. While preterm births carry the risk of causing lifelong disabilities, the extent to which a preterm baby will be affected depends primarily on the following:

  • How early they were born
  • The quality of care provided during and immediately after birth

Being aware of the challenges will help you handle them better.

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