What issues do you have with preemie now that they are in school?

Kim - posted on 07/07/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter was born at 27 weeks. She turns 10 next month. She's been diagnosed with ADD and has asthma, allergies and some digestive problems. She seems immature compared to her classmates and has a hard time adjusting to new situations. Although a straight-A student and in the gifted program, she struggles with school work.

I'm curious if her problems are just ordinary problems that some children have or is it a case of "once a preemie, always a preemie"? My younger daughter (full-term) has none of these issues.

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Kim - posted on 07/07/2009

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Thanks for responding. I don't know any other preemies at my daughter's age so I didn't have anything to compare to. I suspected that preemies don't completely grow out of their immaturety until much later than the preemie books lead you to believe. I comfort myself with the fact that there are plenty of full-term children that also have problems similar to my daughters.

Tara - posted on 07/07/2009

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I am most happy to respond to this! My son was born 9 weeks early. Although he seemed to have no major medical problems at birth (except apnea and digestion) he has more problems now. Joshua is 6 and just finished kindergarten. He is extremely smart, but has terrible time with writing. He is in OT, Speech, and they have diagnosed him with mild Autism. They did a lot to help him with transitions, and he has made great strides. They enrolled him into a Vision improvement Program which teaches the right and left brain to work together. It has helped him with balance, writing, etc. He like your daughter, is less mature in many ways. He does have digestive problems and throws up a lot. We just stopped carrying extra clothes last year. Smells bother him and it was uncontrollable, he would throw up massively. This has gotten better, or at least he can control it better now.

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