Premature infant development?

Bethany - posted on 04/03/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Do any of you mothers of preemies know how best to track their development? My daughter was 5 weeks early and I can't figure out if I should be going off of her "birth" age or her due date.

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Tee - posted on 04/04/2012

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You would go by your due date (her adjusted age) until she is 2. Also see if there are any organizations that work with preemies. They will do developmental testing and work with you on any delays if there are any.



My first preemie did not have any delays but my 2nd did and received physical, occupational and speech therapy and now is caught up (even passing in speech) with others her age.

Erin - posted on 04/03/2012

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I didn't have a preemie, but the doctor office that saw my first born as an infant had a generalized form that all parents filled out for every visit. It asked for birth date, and "corrected" birth date from preemie babies. So, you should be adjusting your child's age for her development. As an example, both of my boys became supported sitters at 4 months of age. For your child, she should be a supported sitter a little after 5 months of age because you add 5 on 5 weeks to her "birth." I hope this helps.

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Katie - posted on 04/03/2012

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You can go to (CDC) child development center infant clinic local and they will do a test called a Baylie test. It help to see where there development level is. It's great to do for any infant because they can catch delays right away. Then when they are older they likely will not have any delays. I hope this helps.

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