Premature Infant - The First Weeks at Home
As you and your infant adjust to being at home, you will gradually establish a routine together. You also may find that your premature infant is truly different from what you'd expect of a full - term infant. During the first weeks at home, consider these important points:Sleeping and wakefulness. Because their brain functions aren't as fully developed at birth as full - term newborns, premature .
Premature Infant - Looking Ahead to the Childhood Years
Your infant's "age"Age is both a measure of time and a marker of development. Unlike with a full - term infant, a premature infant's age and development can be defined in different ways. This can be confusing to any parent. When following your premature infant's growth and development, it can be helpful to know the difference between the following "ages": Gestational age is the fetus's age, as ...
Necrotizing Enterocolitis - Topic Overview
What is necrotizing enterocolitis? Necrotizing enterocolitis is infection and inflammation of the intestine. It is most common in babies who are born early (premature). Many newborns who have it go on to live healthy lives. But if the infection becomes severe,it can cause severe damage to the intestine,which can be deadly. Some children may have ongoing problems with digestion,growth,or ...
Premature Infant - The Sick Premature Infant
Many premature infants are resilient and surprise everyone by overcoming great odds. However, premature infants are also vulnerable to infection and to complications related to immature body organs. Expect that your infant can progress for several days but may then have a medical setback. With each additional week of prematurity, a newborn is at greater risk of having medical problems. Infants ...
Premature Infant - Getting to Know the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
If your premature infant (preemie) is admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after birth, you will encounter new technologies, a new medical language, and new rules and procedures. You will depend on the NICU staff members to know how to care for your infant and to be your teachers. With their help, you can quickly learn about the technology, your infant's needs, and what you can do .
Premature Infant - Taking Your Baby Home
Whether you have spent days, weeks, or months visiting and leaving your infant at the hospital, the homecoming is a long - awaited event. Your premature infant is considered ready to go home when he or she is able to: Take all feedings by nipple and continue to gain weight. In rare cases, infants are discharged while still on partial tube - feedings that are given by parents at home. If your infa
After your infant is discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU),you may need to take special precautions for car travel. In most cases the safest way for a healthy premature infant to travel is by car seat. 1 But some premature infants cannot sit in a car seat without slouching over,which interferes with their breathing and oxygen supply. Before discharging your infant from the ...
Premature Infant - Topic Overview
What is prematurity?A full - term pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. An infant born at 38 weeks is fully developed and called a full - term infant. An infant born between 22 and 37 completed weeks of pregnancy is called a premature infant, or "preemie." In the United States, about 1 out of 10 births is premature.1Why is prematurity a problem? Most infants born close to 37 weeks' gestation (completed
Necrotizing Enterocolitis - Frequently Asked Questions
Learning about necrotizing enterocolitis: What is necrotizing enterocolitis? Who gets it? What increases my child's risk? How can I prevent it? Getting treatment: How can I care for my child's ostomy? ...
Making Decisions About Very Premature Infants: Personal Stories - Topic Overview
These stories are based on information gathered from doctors and consumers. They may be helpful as you make important health decisions.Jeremy, age 28: My wife and I have had a tough time since our second child, Caleb, was born at 25 weeks. We've always trusted our doctors to know what's best. We told our neonatologist that we had faith that Caleb would pull through and that we wanted him to do everything he could to help Caleb survive. What we didn't expect was that Caleb would have so many ups and downs. He had one infection after another and had to be on a ventilator on high settings for quite a while. After he had a grade IV brain bleed, we learned that part of his brain was damaged. He came home on oxygen and six different medicines. We were thrilled when he weaned off of the oxygen just before his first birthday! Frankly, with both of us having to work, keeping up with Caleb's weekly physical therapy, speech therapy, and other medical appointments has been hard for us and his