Premature babies and birth

Worldwide, Preterm birth is the most common cause of death among infants. 15 million babies are born preterm each year. These babies are known as preemies or premies. Some risk factors for a premature birth include diabetes, high blood pressure, being pregnant with more than one baby, being either obese or underweight, a number of vaginal infections, tobacco smoking and psychological stress.

Preemies may need longer or more intense care, medication and sometimes surgery. Complications associated with a premature birth include immature lungs, difficulty regulating body temperature, poor feeding and slow weight gain, cerebral palsy, hearing problems and sight problems.

  • Analgesics
  • Antibiotics
  • Bronchodilators
  • Coping with a premature birth
  • Diuretics
  • Hematologic Agents
  • Infant incubator
  • Infant respiratory distress syndrome
  • Tube feeding
  • Vasopressors

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