Mom's of older preemie children?

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My preemie daughter is now 11. She was born June 3rd, 1999 at 28 weeks, weighing 2 1/2-lbs. She still has some difficulties (SID/mild CP).

Are there other mom's out there with older preemie kids? Problems or problem free?

Just curious,
Robin, mom to Lauren

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Allison - posted on 03/28/2014

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Yes there is a discussion group dedicated to older children who were born premature. It is called preemie child and has been online for fifteen years. The parents have children ranging from four years old to young adult. There is a wealth of information in the archives and from parents on the group. You can find it via www.prematurity.org

Kathy - posted on 08/27/2010

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my daughters 13 now and was 26 weeks; she weighed 1 pounds 11 3/4 oz & spent 2 months in the hospital then she came home with a heart monitor. she had minor issues like ear infections a lot and we did speech therapy, other then that she is a VERY healthy and smart girl who loves her animals and to read

VicTORIa - posted on 08/24/2010

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Those of you with younger children who were born premature should take advantage of any and all programs that help with speech delays, hearing problems, and the like. My son was the most seriously affected, and really got a lot out of speech therapy, as well as PT and vocational therapy for his sensory issues, when he was preschool age. He is very intelligent, and very normal, now. But I really think that the early intervention was helpful. In addition, the chiropractor helped with some structural problems caused by teachers allowing him to "W" sit in school. Make sure that the school you send your child to is aware of any CP or other physical issues so that they don't make them worse by neglect...

Kari - posted on 08/24/2010

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Just curious, what type of CP does your daughter have and what mobility does she have? I am trying to look to the future and make decisions based on the here and now. It would be good to get an insight into what lay ahead.

Schmoopy - posted on 08/24/2010

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I have a 7-y.o. who was a 29-weeker weighing 3.5 lbs. Today she's very bright and is the tallest kid in her class!

We went through speech therapy b/c she had NO words at 19 months. That was rectified pretty quickly.

I also think she had an aural sensitivity, which seems to have diminished as she has gotten older.

She has a spatial awareness issues - she's very "clumsy." But I think that's b/c she is moving so fast that she doesn't have time to process what's around her before she bumps into it or trips over it. I figure she'll slow down as she gets older, LOL.

Other than those little things, she seems to have escaped any major consequences of her prematurity.

Staci - posted on 08/23/2010

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My daughter was born at 34 weeks weighing 3lbs and 4 1/2 oz. Other than a month long stay in the nicu to gain weight and a double ear infection last year she has had no problems.

Jennifer - posted on 08/23/2010

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My son is now 7 and was 6 weeks early weighing 4lbs 15oz 19in. Came home with me, although later he had problems with sinus and ear infections, once he had tubes put in his ears( @ 2yrs old) he was fine. Now besides allergies, hes a healthy little boy...

Lacrecia - posted on 08/22/2010

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my 2yr old daughter was born 3 pounds 4 ounces and is perfectly heathy she is still skinny but never loses weight. i myself was a preemie (3 pounds 7 ounces) and so where all my sisters and where all grown now and perfectly heathy.

VicTORIa - posted on 08/20/2010

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Each child is different. My son had rough first 3 years, with lots of meds for breathing problems, that interfered with sleep. He experienced some mild speech delays and a period of deafness. Minor developmental delays and some trouble with early education. He is now doing very well in his chosen profession, and raising a family of his own. 18 yr old had lots of time in hospitals, and some ongoing problems with antibiotic reactions, and temperature regulation. But she and her younger sister recovered very quickly from the difficulties of being preemies, and are doing a good job of being normal teenagers. I am grateful for the Drs., Chiropractors, Homeopathic Practitioners, and others who have helped my children do so well.

Monique - posted on 08/20/2010

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My Preemie was born at 27 weeks, he weighted 2lbs 7oz. He was mild CP which only affects his legs. he walks on his toes mainly on the right side. other than that he is good, He will be starting preschool in september

Kari - posted on 08/20/2010

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Yep all of mine were prem, eldest 34w no problems, next one 31w w/ mild/mod CP(gmfsc 3) and last darling 26w with chronic lung disease.

Melissa - posted on 08/19/2010

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My older preemie is 9. He, too, has some SID and mild CP. Also ADHD! other then that, he is thriving! he's out grown alot of his chronic respiratory problems. Academically, he is advanced!

Amanda - posted on 08/19/2010

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Both of my boys were born premi, My 7 year old was born at 31 weeks and my 4 year old at 32 weeks. My 7 year old has no issues what so ever!! My four year old is very small and has a narrow wind-pipe which causes breathing difficulties if he coughs to much or has sinus drainage and easier chocking. I have been told he will never completely out-grow that.

Mandy - posted on 08/19/2010

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My son is 6.5 he was born at 28.5 weeks and Weight 3.5 lbs. Other than moderate asthma he is healthy as a horse. He has had eye surgery for a crossed eye problem. Other than that he is healthy.

Ammie - posted on 08/18/2010

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My daughter was born @ 26 weeks and 4 days. She weighed 2lbs 4ozs and spent 2 months in the hospital. I am happy to report that other than some hearing problems/ear infections she is pretty much problem free!!

Tena - posted on 08/17/2010

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My 6 year old was a 35 weeker. The only problem we had with him was a mild speech delay due to many ear infections. Since speech therapy at 3 years old we have been problem free.

Cassie - posted on 08/17/2010

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my daughters almost 7 and was born 8 1/2 weeks early weighing in at 4lbs and 17inches long-luckily nothing was or is wrong with her today and when we tell people she was preemie they can't believe it

Amy - posted on 08/17/2010

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My twins were preemies... They were born at 36 weeks 4 days and weighed 6lbs. 7 oz and 5lbs. 13 oz. There are now both almost 6. They are both problem free.

Jennifer - posted on 08/17/2010

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My preemie daughter is almost 11. She was born Aug. 30th, 1999. She was 6 weeks early and weighed 3lbs 6 oz. The only complication she has is very mild scoliosis. She does wear glasses but that runs in my family anyway. Other than that, she has been healthy since her 3rd week on earth.

Jennifer, mom to Korbyn

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