Premature Babies And The Obstacles Involved

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Premature Babies And the obstacles involved As a father who has personally experienced the struggles and hardships of having a premature child, I feel like giving you information on this subject is a lot easier for me to share than most things. I will preface by sharing my son 's experience; he was born at 26 weeks gestation, weighing 2 pounds, 6 ounces, and spent more than three months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that was available in Columbus, Georgia. A large amount of families with infants in the NICU asks what the outlook for babies born earlier than 28 weeks might be? Less than 1 percent of babies in this country are born this early (earlier than 28 weeks), but these babies have the most complications despite great technological advances in medicine today. Premature children born at an extremely low birth weight (less than 2 pounds, 3 ounces) almost always require treatment with oxygen, surfactant, and mechanical assistance to help them breathe (even if for a short period of time until they can breathe on their own without assistance). These babies are too immature to suck, swallow, and breathe at the same time, so they must be fed through a vein (intravenously) until they develop these skills to do so. They often can not cry (or you can 't hear them due to the tube in their throat causing a kitten-like groan), and sleep most of the day to allow for growth and development outside of being in the womb. These tiny babies have little muscle tone,

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