Immediate health concerns for micro preemies

Blogger Amanda Knickerbocker explains some of the immediate health concerns for preemie babies.
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Immediate health concerns for micro preemies

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Some of the most immediate health concerns that micro preemies face are respiratory distress. Some micro preemies need to be intubated, which means that they have a tube placed and they’re placed on a ventilator to assist in their breathing. Other micro preemies can go straight to CPAP, which is continuous positive airway pressure, which is a less invasive form of breathing assistance. Other things that babies face born at this gestation include sepsis – which is a blood infection; low blood count – they need transfusions. Very early on in their life you go discuss a PDA, which is a patent ductus arteriosus, which is a valve in the heart that doesn’t close properly and can be fixed either with medication or with surgery.

Blogger Amanda Knickerbocker explains some of the immediate health concerns for preemie babies.

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Amanda Knickerbocker

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Amanda Knickerbocker is the wife of a pediatrician, and the mother of two children aged three and twenty months. When her daughter was born at 1.2 Pounds, 11 inches, spending 200 days in the NICU, Amanda began blogging about her family’s experience. She continues to offer support and community to parents of preemies at Understanding Prematurity. 

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