How Do Premature Babies Act
Oftentimes, your premature baby will tend to cry softly because of its difficulty in breathing. The baby’s respiratory system is still immature or underdeveloped, which is why it is natural for them to cry out in pain.
Doctors will closely observe both your baby’s breathing rate and heart rate through special equipment called a cardio-respirator monitor.
There are also some cases wherein premature babies the breathing problems progress over time that they may need extra help in breathing. Doctors may opt to provide extra oxygen or a ventilator depending on what the child needs. Another technique that could temporarily support the breathing is called the continued positive airway pressure (CPAP).
If you gave birth to a premature baby, he/she may need extra assistance from doctors and nurses. This will most likely end up in a longer stay in the hospital. Some babies may also need to be admitted to the special care of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) so that the team can monitor them closely and provide them the extra care and management they need.
Premature Baby Development: Tracking your Baby’s Overall Health
Premature birth can cause long-term intellectual and developmental impairments. These are issues with how the brain functions that kids end up experiencing difficulties or delays in one or more of the following aspects:
- Physical development
- Language and communication development
- Sensory development (hearing, vision, and sensory awareness)
- Social and emotional development
- Impaired learning
- Managing and taking care of oneself
- Other behavioral and psychological problems
In the long run, premature infants may also have other long-term complications such as but not limited to the following: