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Future Hurdles With Your Precious Premature Baby
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Future Hurdles With Your Precious Premature Baby

You and your premature baby has overcome a massive challenge in the past weeks or months with getting well and strong enough to go home. Then as time passes by, you start to notice a few difficulties; some may be long term, and some only short term. These include like visual, hearing, motor skill challenges, emotional and self regulation challenges. Your baby may experience some other difficulties later in life such as possible learning and behavioral challenges.

You can try to stimulate your baby enough to get him to catch up, but by the time his is two years old he should be fine and in line with his peers. Just remember that premature baby’s milestone development is very different from that of other babies born at full term.

Your baby’s age needs to be corrected because he came into the world ahead of his time, and this needs to be done when taking his milestones into account. To do the age correction you take his age he was born, and deduct the amount of time that he was actually born early. For example, if your baby is six months old, but was born 8 week prematurely, your premature little treasure has a corrected age of 4 months. Your baby is therefore right on track with development milestones if he has mastered what a four month old baby can do. Do not worry about this, it is perfectly normal, and your baby may stay behind up to about two years of age. At this time they need to be caught up with their full term counterparts.

Your baby’s preterm treatment does not end on the day that you take him home from hospital. You should visit intervention clinics from as early as 4 months corrected age, as these offer very valuable help and assessments to help your baby and set your mind at ease. At these clinics they can see to it that they identify any development barriers and can help the both of you to get your little treasure to reach his full potential.

Always know and keep in mind that your premature little treasure is a miracle, he just surprised you by arriving ahead of schedule. He has also proven to you that he has fighting spirit and can overcome all odds with your help and with the help of your great healthcare professionals.

Your biggest role now is to assist and help him with his development towards a strong and healthy future. Trust your instincts and intuition and believe that your precious premature little treasure can do it. He is strong, healthy and able to live life to the fullest.

Every single day holds the possibility of a miracle.


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