A provocative new study shows that death rates are significantly higher among young adults who had been born prematurely. The first-of-its-kind study found that former preemies were 38 percent more likely to die between the ages of 18 and 36 than those who had been born at full term.
Do premature babies have problems later in life?
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.
How long can premature babies live for?
In general, infants that are born very early are not considered to be viable until after 24 weeks gestation. This means that if you give birth to an infant before they are 24 weeks old, their chance of surviving is usually less than 50 percent. Some infants are born before 24 weeks gestation and do survive.
What are the side effects of being born premature?
In the long term, premature birth may lead to the following complications:
- Cerebral palsy. …
- Impaired learning. …
- Vision problems. …
- Hearing problems. …
- Dental problems. …
- Behavioral and psychological problems. …
- Chronic health issues.
Can a premature baby grow up to be normal?
Most preemies grow up to be healthy kids. They tend to be on track with full-term babies in their growth and development by age 3 or so. Your baby’s early years, though, may be more complicated than a full-term baby’s. Because they’re born before they’re ready, almost all preemies need extra care.
Do premature babies grow up healthy?
As they grow, most preemies become healthy children. But some continue to have health issues. And even kids that do well generally may have lasting health effects years and even decades later. There’s no way to know exactly how your child will grow and develop.
What happens if a baby is born at 7 months?
Those born after 7 months usually need a short stay in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU.) Babies born earlier than that face much bigger challenges. They will need specialized care in the NICU.
At what age can premature babies see?
Seeing takes longer to mature than hearing and touch, but progress occurs rapidly between 22 and 34 weeks of gestational age (GA). At first, preemies spend only very brief periods of time with their eyes open, and do not focus on anything. By 30 weeks GA, preemies will respond in different ways to different sights.
Do premature babies have learning difficulties?
Former preemies are more likely than full-term babies to suffer from learning deficits or learning disabilities at school. Up to 45 percent of infants weighing less than 3 1/4 pounds at birth have one or more abnormalities on testing at school age.