Preemie Issues - a quick look

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Preterm infants are at greater risk for both short and long term difficulties. The tinier and earlier a preemie is born the greater the risk for complications.


Preemie Babies are not just tiny...

Premature babies are not just tiny; they are at risk for a number of health concerns, including breathing difficulties, brain injury, eye disorders, infection, bowel problems and heart dysfunction.
The issues surrounding preterm birth can be complex but we have tried to cover everything you may want to know. If you have any questions please ask them in our forums.

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Health Outcomes: 29 to 33 weeks GA


Babies born this early may have lungs that have developed enough to allow them to breathe by themselves or with just a little help with supplemental oxygen therapy. Approximately 25% develop respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) and 10% to 15% develop chronic lung disease (CLD). It usually resolves by the age of two.

Heart Function

Patent Ductus Arteriosus

Approximately 30% of these preemies will have patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). PDA will sometimes close by itself and in mild cases doesn’t require treatment. If the PDA is affecting your baby’s breathing or heart function doctors may try medication or surgery. Approximately 10% of these preemies need surgery to close their PDA.


Preemies born this early have a relatively small chance (15%) of developing an infection during their stay in the hospital. Approximately 75% of these prems survive with the help of antibiotics and increased respiratory and nutritional support.

(Dani, Poggi, Romagnoli, & Bertini, 2009; Johnson et al., 2009; Saigal, Rosenbaum, Hattersley, & Milner, 1989)(Anderson & Doyle, 2006; Bradford, 2003; Doyle & Anderson, 2005; Hack et al., 2005; Taylor, Espy, & Anderson, 2009)


AlbertEinstein_iconOne of the greatest minds in history, Albert Einstein was born preterm.

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Preemie, Premmie, or Prem?

Most babies spend between 38 and 42 weeks in their mother’s uterus. So, technically a preterm birth, preemie, premmie, or prem, is an infant who is born less than 37 completed gestational weeks. 

Read More: Defining Preterm birth



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