I have a 12 year old preemie. Does anyone have experience in an older preemie? I really need some advice.

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Iridescent - posted on 03/31/2012

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Cerebral Palsy - a type of brain damage that causes problems with movement, and is visible on MRI when it occurs.

Iridescent - posted on 03/31/2012

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I'd be much less concerned about the fact that she was premature, and much more concerned about any actual delays. It may be reasonable to ask the doctor for a referral to address this concern, but then again there is no reason she shouldn't play with what she enjoys, either. The "premature" label typically drops off at 2-3 years, or, with severe delays as a direct result of prematurity, around 5 years old. By then the child should have caught up or there is another problem going on (ex: a known brain bleed as a result of prematurity, but then it's called a brain bleed, which is another issue altogether; another example would be CP as a result of prematurity, and they still get "graduated" from premature checks and deal with the CP as the child ages).

Jo - posted on 03/31/2012

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well im still calling her a preemie bcuz she was born a preemie. 2 months early. healthwise she has pretty much caught up but i was wondering if anyone out there notice any slow development mentally. i mean she's pretty smart except for math in school. she's in the 6th grade. but we been noticing lately that she doesn't exactly act like a 12 year old should sometimes. when she plays with my 5 yr old nephew... it's like she's in his mentality. she's still into like little toys and stuff animals. i don't know how to exactly explain it except that even though she's 12 years old and seems to be developing ok sometimes her mind is that of a 6 yr old. i was just wondering if anyone out there has the some experience in what im going thru.

Jodi - posted on 03/31/2012

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Why are you still calling your 12 year old a premmie? Premmie's catch up and by this age, it is entirely irrelevant.

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