Common issues for preemie babies

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Common issues for preemie babies

The most common developmental problem a premature baby will face is developmental delay. So your doctor may ask you questions in the four domains of development that we think about. The first being gross motor. Those are the large motor movements like sitting or crawling. The fine motor movements like the way they use their fingers to maybe pick up Cheerios or small bits of food. The third being language. So how your baby is making sounds or responding to sounds. The fourth would be problem-solving. So that would be something like turning a cup upside down to get something out instead of reaching in to get it or dropping something on the floor and looking to see where it went. So we judge development based on the time that your baby was supposed to be born, so closer to the day that they were supposed to be born. So say your baby was 2 months early and you're at the 6-month check up with your doctor. We would be asking developmental milestones for a 4-month old rather than a 6-month old. If you're baby isn't catching up somewhere during the first and second year, we might suggest a full developmental evaluation with a specialist and perhaps developmental therapy.
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Tamiko Jordan, MD

General Pediatrician, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Jordan was born in Riverside, California and received her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has since worked in many different settings.  Currently she is an attending pediatrician at the Altamed General Pediatric Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she teaches pediatric residents and sees her own patients in private practice.  She has been featured on ABC7 and FOX11 news as well as the Patt Morrison Show on 89.3 KPCC.  Her latest project is the asthma clinic at Altamed, where she can spend more time educating patients and parents about optimizing their asthma care and minimizing ER visits and lost school days.  

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