Development of a Preemie

Misty - posted on 01/23/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter was born July 30th at 41/2 weeks early only weighing 3 pounds 9 ounces.

When it comes to development should I be looking at what she should be doing as if she were only 4 1/2 months old. She seems to be a little bite behind in certain things that she should be doing already. Her weight now may also have something to do with it as well because she is only 12 pounds now at almost 6 months.

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Orangegloves - posted on 01/23/2009

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Mine was 5 weeks early on 3rd July. She is already walking with support, and can stand holding on with one hand, but she will not go on her front and doesnt roll! They all hit milestones at their own pace. If she's still really behind on anything when she's 18 months, then it might be worth bringing up with the health visitor or doctor, but at the moment they can develop so fast and so suddenly that I shouldnt worry just yet. She's probably working on a different skill, like sucking her toes, or discovering her tongue or something, then one day she'll suddenly do something different. On Christmas day mine was only just sitting up with support and slumping, but now she can sit by herself and never falls, just 4 weeks later!

Ashley - posted on 01/23/2009

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My son was born 7 weeks early and weighed 3 lbs. 8 oz.  For his regular pediatrician, they strive for the actual age development, though he is really behind and they don't seem concerned.  We also see an EDI specialist every 6 weeks that tracks his development, but they base his goals on his adjusted age, so when he was due.  They told me that between 4 and 6 months he will start to close the gap in between himself and other babies his age and by age 2 he should be completely caught up.  My son is now 15 pounds and doing well, but he still won't roll over!  He's very close to sitting up, but hates to be on his tummy and has no desire to roll off his back.

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