Tuesday, May 11, 2010

When a preemy's odd continues - even at adulthood

Preemie Parents: Recovering from Baby's Premature BirthThis is once again a news that has a direct bearing to me, or more specifically, to one of my daughters, a preemy at 8 months. Well, it's not her choice, much less, her fault.

It is good that this is simply put under the category 'risk', and not a complete disability.

Read on...

Study shows preemies risk infant death, lower fertility

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WASHINGTON: Prematurely born babies run a higher risk of infant death and lower fertility rates when they become adults than babies that are born at full term, according to a study published Tuesday.

Researchers at the Duke University medical school in the southeastern state of North Carolina studied 1.16 million birth in Norway between 1967 and 1988 and followed the subjects through 2002.

Out of the total, 60,354, or 5.2 per cent, were born prematurely, defined as being born up to 37 weeks after conception. A full-term human pregnancy is 40 weeks.

Slightly more boys were born premature than girls (5.6 per cent to 4.7 per cent), which reflects the larger ratio of male births, said the study which appears in the March 26 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Every Pregnant Woman's Guide to Preventing Premature BirthAmong the premature boys, those born between 22 and 27 weeks had a mortality rate of 1.33 per cent between the age of one and 5.9 years; and 1.1 per cent between the age of six and 12.9 years.

Those figures show a risk that is 5.3 to seven times higher than babies born at full term.

For girls, the mortality rate among 22-27 week preemies was 1.71 per cent between the ages of one and 5.9 years old, or 9.7 times higher than normal babies.

No deaths were recorded among premature girls between six and 12.9 years.

Among male babies born between 28 and 32 weeks, the mortality rate was .73 per cent among those age one to 5.9, and .37 per cent among those age six to 12.9.

The Premature Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Premature Baby from Birth to Age OneThat risk was 2.5 to 2.3 times higher than babies born at term. Female babies born between 28 and 32 weeks showed no notable rise in mortality risk.

As adults, men and women who were born at 22 to 27 weeks gestation had a rate of reproduction of 13.9 and 25 per cent respectively.

These men and women had also a 76 and 67 per cent probability of not reproducing at comparable rates to adults born at full term.

For those born between 28 and 32 weeks, their reproduction rate was 38.6 and 59.2 per cent respectively. - AFP/ac

Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature BabiesTaken from ChannelNewsASia.com; source article is below:
Study shows preemies risk infant death, lower fertility

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