Premature Babies and Complications by Week


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By 28 weeks, premature babies weigh about 2 1/2 pounds and are about 16 inches long from head to toe. Rapid eye development is occurring. Premature babies born after 27 weeks can blink and no longer have fused eyelids.   The retinas are still developing, which puts babies at risk for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). While outcomes have improved for premature babies, complications can still occur. The following complications can affect preterm babies in the first weeks after birth.

Jaundice in premature babies. These can include: breathing problems infections digestive problems blood problems kidney problems brain and nervous system problems like seizures. Below is a list of the most common premature birth complications that a newborn may experience: Immature Lungs – Most babies have mature lungs by 36 weeks of gestation. However, since babies develop at different rates, there are exceptions to this.

Premature Babies – What To Expect Week By Week Each day of pregnancy changes your baby. This means that while every baby born prior to 37 weeks is considered premature, a 25 weeker is far different than a 29 or 35 weeker. The earlier the birth, the more likely she is to have complications. Doctors call a baby “premature” if she’s born more than 3 weeks before the due date.

Since preemies haven’t had. Premature birth is birth that happens too soon, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Babies born prematurely may have more health problems at birth and later in life than babies born later. Premature babies can have long-term intellectual and developmental disabilities and problems with their lungs, brain, eyes and other organs. A baby born before the week 28 will have a lot of serious problems, but the survival rate is still remarkable.

It`s pretty common for premature babies and have an intrauterine growth restriction, which effects the established prognosis negatively. Survival rates can be misleading because it varies a lot between the following units. Once she reaches 26 weeks gestation, a baby will still need medical attention, but her chances of surviving without serious health issues are greatly improved. However, she is still at increased risk for disabilities such as cerebral palsy, deafness, blindness, and neurological problems compared to babies born later. Feeding and Digestive Problems: Premature infants often cannot drink from the breast or a bottle at birth, and may be fed with IV fluids or through a tube in the nose or mouth for several weeks.

These early feeding challenges can cause long-term feeding difficulties, including food refusal and slow growth.

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Maternal risk factors for prematurity include pregnancyinduced hypertension, antepartum hemorrhage, infection, and premature rupture of membranes.

“Encyclopedia of Special Education: A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Disabilities and Other Exceptional Individuals” by Cecil R. Reynolds, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen
from Encyclopedia of Special Education: A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Disabilities and Other Exceptional Individuals
by Cecil R. Reynolds, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen
Wiley, 2007

Late preterm infants are also at risk and need to be followed more closely because findings suggest that shortand long-term development is affected (Engle, Tomashek, & Wallman, 2007; Kelly, 2006).

“Core Curriculum for Maternal-Newborn Nursing E-Book” by AWHONN, Susan Mattson, Judy E. Smith
from Core Curriculum for Maternal-Newborn Nursing E-Book
by AWHONN, Susan Mattson, Judy E. Smith
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

The greatest risk factors appear to be young gestational age and low birthweight (Fig. 44-30); however, late preterm delivery (35 to 36 weeks) or elective delivery in the absence of labor are becoming increasingly prominent as risk factors.23 Other risk factors include maternal diabetes and perinatal hypoxia-ischemia.

“Fanaroff and Martin's Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine: Diseases of the Fetus and Infant” by Richard J. Martin, Avroy A. Fanaroff, Michele C. Walsh
from Fanaroff and Martin’s Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine: Diseases of the Fetus and Infant
by Richard J. Martin, Avroy A. Fanaroff, Michele C. Walsh
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

These complications include extreme prematurity (less than 28 weeks’ gestation), very low birthweight (less than 1,500 grams), bleeding in the brain, severe asphyxia (lack of oxygen), bacterial meningitis, and shaken baby syndrome (see Chapter 1).

“Cerebral Palsy: A Complete Guide for Caregiving” by Freeman Miller, Steven J. Bachrach
from Cerebral Palsy: A Complete Guide for Caregiving
by Freeman Miller, Steven J. Bachrach
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017

This group of preterm infants and those infants born at 37 to 38 weeks, classified as early term births, have been less studied than the preterm infants regarding the impact of feeding problems and other complications.

“Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Assessment and Management, Third Edition” by Joan C. Arvedson, Linda Brodsky, Maureen A. Lefton-Greif
from Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Assessment and Management, Third Edition
by Joan C. Arvedson, Linda Brodsky, Maureen A. Lefton-Greif
Plural Publishing, Incorporated, 2019

Infants born prematurely are at risk for respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), and sepsis.

“Management of Common Problems in Obstetrics and Gynecology” by T. Murphy Goodwin, Martin N. Montoro, Laila Muderspach, Richard Paulson, Subir Roy
from Management of Common Problems in Obstetrics and Gynecology
by T. Murphy Goodwin, Martin N. Montoro, et. al.
Wiley, 2010

Preterm infants are at risk for various medical complications in the neonatal period, mostly because their organ systems are not fully ready to function on their own (Jobe & Ikegami, 2000).

“Handbook of Pediatric Neuropsychology” by Andrew S. Davis, PhD, Rik Carl D'Amato
from Handbook of Pediatric Neuropsychology
by Andrew S. Davis, PhD, Rik Carl D’Amato
Springer Publishing Company, 2010

The severity is related to gestational age: the more premature the infant, the more severe the disease.

“Respiratory Care: Principles and Practice” by Dean R. Hess, Neil R. MacIntyre, William F. Galvin
from Respiratory Care: Principles and Practice
by Dean R. Hess, Neil R. MacIntyre, William F. Galvin
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2015

Nurses and health care providers must be cognizant of the risk factors for late preterm infants and be continually vigilant for the development of problems related to the infant’s immaturity (Phillips, Goldstein, Hougland, et al., 2013).

“Maternity and Women's Health Care E-Book” by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, Mary Catherine Cashion, Kathryn Rhodes Alden
from Maternity and Women’s Health Care E-Book
by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

This presentation is cause for concern and often requires intervention such as specialized care at a facility capable of managing preterm labor and premature infants (infants born before 36 weeks’ gestation or weighing less than 5 lb [2 kg] at birth).

“Critical Care Transport” by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), UMBC
from Critical Care Transport
by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), UMBC
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2017

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  • Being prematurely it suck’s and your thinking why did your parent’s even bring you into this life when your going through problems the through out your life

  • My baby is also premature 26 weeks and he’s 5 years now.. he’s good but the problem is he always get coldand less immunity other than all okay

  • wow 90% is great!!!! i am so happy that they came so far! i was born in the 23rd week and was very lucky. i think it’s very important that parents look after them well while they are still so small

  • Omg! I can’t believe it how pretty she is! I’m currently experiencing a similar situation! My baby girl born at 23 weeks and 4 days i was so hopeless when i saw that tiny baby on the encubator. It passed 3 months and half since she born. And i can’t wait to take her home. She is on high flow mode. Hopefully she will be able to breathe by herself soon. Thanks for sharing your story here and make me believe everything is possible. We just have to believe! I hope your daughter still doing well and growing without any problem. You can also find me on Instagram @cristinafirmino.27 if you would like to talk. Thanks all the best xx

  • My baby is same. birth in seven month in wait is 700 he is 5 month complete.he’s wait now 3 so tension how to gain to wait speed.please shere to my u r experience.u r baby so quit ����

  • Hello, Hope you are fine.. Im from Mauritius and my baby was born in 29 weeks while my wife was 34 weeks. Dr advised to do an urgent c-section as the baby stopped developing due to low amniotic fluid. Now the MRI show that she has calcifications and eyes problems. Her skull has shrunk since she was born. Is there anything you can do to help, I mean any advices? I shall be really greatful if you can help. God bless you.

  • My daughter born @27 weeks 6 days. She’s 2 years now and walks on her toes while I hold her hands. And I’m reallyyyy worried about her.

  • i was born premature, my mom gave birth to me,by c section i weighted 1300 grams and i was placed in a incubator. After a month i was taken out of the hospital and my journey began.

  • Thank you for the great presentation, it was one of the best explanations about preterm baby, you have answered all the questions any parents would ask about there preterm baby.

  • Wow, such an amazing tearful �� story. I really didn’t know what really happen till I saw this documentary. My heart truly goes out to you all. They truly have an Angel by their sides. I wish you all the very best and always had you all in my prayers and will continue praying for you all. #AmazingAmaziah. God Bless her and may her sister Azariah rest in peace. ����. Much ❤️ And peace. #MahalKita.

  • Me and my twins were 27 weekers
    JUST micro preemies
    Luckily the only thing I need is glasses but I think that is genes from my dad anyway
    I pray for all the other micro preemies like me
    I know how it is ��

  • im inspired to look forward to the child and do fantastic thing ahead… ive got my lesson here to believe a good potential for the child. (my baby is pre term too)

  • Lοοk up “Mαvοkοz ddα” οn Gοοɢιε, αn itεm I`vε rεcεntly bεεn mαking usε οf αs guidεbοοk tο εαrly εjαculαtiοn. Right αftεr thε 4th wεεk, I cαn nοw lαst αrοund fiftεεn minutεs instεαd οf thε nοrmαl 2 minutε climαx. My lοvεr αnd I nοrmαlly triεs αn hοur lαtεr if shε’s unhαppy with Fiftεεn minutεs.

  • my child was born at 23 weeks. She had PVL, ROP, NEC, and ecoli. They said she would die. To learn more about preemies and to share your story visit @t it is my blog I created a platform for preemie parents to learn, blog, and share. Thanks. God Bless

  • I was a 24 weeker. Born at 1 pound 6oz. I was a flightier and grew up very healthy. Unfortunately I got retinopathy and it started to progress about 4 years ago. In 2019 I had retina detachment surgery by some of the best surgeon in the country. I am thriving now at 30 yrs old. I have some vision issues that require constant care but I am blessed everyday for everything god gave me as he watched over me:) I also still keep in close contact with my head nurse from the NICU she came to my wedding:)

  • Famous People Born Prematurely

    Albert Einstein
    Sir Issac Newton
    Winston Churchill
    Stevie Wonder
    Mark Twain
    Johannes Kepler
    Sidney Poitier
    Charles Darwin
    Napoleon Bonapart
    Charles Wesley
    Pablo Picasso
    Victor Hugo
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    Daniel Webster
    Nelson Rockfeller

  • My brother was a 25 weeker. He’s blind in one of his eyes and had to do surgery for his heart. He’s now 26 years old and living an amazing life and a normal one!:)

  • Thank you for posting such beautiful and inspiring vidwo. I am a father of baby daughter who was born in 25 weeks recently. She suffered from Necrotizin Enterocolotis (NEC). She had part of her instine removed but then she got serious blood infection. She got 10 day heavy antibiotic treatments. She was growing and getting better until she got cold in which the doctors could not give her medication to treat the common cold. She is now critically stable.What breaks my heart is that I sometimes cannot travel to see because I cannot avoid gas. She is in another city, almost 80 miles from my home town and hope we will overcome this difficult situation.