Problems related to prematurity

Myrtis - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




Hi moms, I'm wondering if any of you out there have any stories to share about how your preemie babies are doing as children. My firstborn was a preemie, he's nearly 6 years old and I'm wondering if any of you have noticed any lasting effects of the prematurity.

I sometimes wonder about subtle things like toilet learning and self-care activities that seem to be slightly delayed but nothing medically "diagnosable".


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Myrtis - posted on 04/09/2010




Well, he was 7 weeks early and didn't seem to be having any difficulties. But now he's nearly 6 years old and we're seeing some funny behavioral issues and problems with chronic bedwetting and we're wondering if maybe there are some subtle variations that can be accounted for by the prematurity because there seem to be no other causes. So I was just kinda looking to see if other people were having similar issues, you know problems that they couldn't quite put their fingers on.

Sarah - posted on 04/09/2010




My 9 month old was 7 weeks early. She was in the NICU for 3 weeks before they moved her to the PICU. She was there for about 2 or 3 weeks. She is so behind on development. She barely sits up on her own, shecan't hardly use a spoon. Can't crawl.Can't feed herself. Just now has started babbling. When you hold her up to help her try to walk, she won't move her legs, so you basically drag her.

Dawn - posted on 04/09/2010




How early was your little boy?
My oldest son was 8 weeks early breathing on his own weighing 4 lbs 3 oz and did wonderful as a baby. He stayed 4 weeks in the NICU only to learn how to suck/swallow/breath ad to grow and came home at 36 weeks gestation weighing 5 lbs even. He was delayed a little bit requiring physical and occupational therapy until he was 18 months old but after that he was fine. He was potty trained by the time he was 3.5 and he is now 11 almost 12 years old with no lasting effects from his prematurity.
My 3 yr old was born at 35 weeks and was worse off then my son at 32 weeks. She had slightly under developed lungs and needed a CPAP. She had a rough first year being that she was CONSTANTLY sick, but I think that having 4 older brothers and sisters contributed to her being sick a lot. But once we got past that first year she's done really well. As of right now she doesn't seem to have any lasting effects from her being slightly early.

Brandy - posted on 04/08/2010




My first was 3 weeks early. When I asked if it would affect her development at all, doctors told me that if itdid, she should be caught up by the time she is 2. Well, she stayed ahead of schedule the whole time for physical and mental development and she is 2 now and has an amazing vocabulary and understanding of things and we are working on potty training but I don't quite think she is ready yet.

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