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What risks do premature babies face?

Giving birth is supposed to be an amazing and wonderful experience, but if you go into labor early, it can be quite scary. Babies who are born before 37 weeks are considered premature, according to the March of Dimes. These babies face many health risks, which is why you may be separated from your child so he or she can go into a neonatal intensive care unit in a California hospital.

Issues your baby may have often depend on how early he or she was. Babies born closer to the 37-week mark will have less of a chance of complications than those born earlier. This is because of development in the womb. Babies born extremely early may not be fully developed, thus they face more serious health problems.

A common health issue associated with premature birth is breathing problems because the lungs do not mature until the end of pregnancy. So, your baby may need help breathing. Your baby may also have apnea, bronchopulmonary dysplasia or respiratory distress syndrome. Another common issue is heart problems, such as patent ductus arteriosus. Your baby may have intraventricular hemorrhage or bleeding in the brain. Being born premature also means your baby is susceptible to infections or other conditions, such as jaundice or anemia.

It is essential for your baby to receive the right care immediately after birth to help him or her get healthy fast. With the right care, many premature babies recover fully and lead healthy, normal lives. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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