Thursday, September 22, 2011

Premature Children Risks as They Grow Older

All mothers surely want to give birth to a healthy baby. Mothers will make sure that everything will be alright throughout the course of their pregnancy. From the food they eat up to the vitamins that they have to take will be thoroughly monitored during the prenatal checkups.

In some instances and due to certain factors, some women give birth to a premature baby. Preterm birth is considered one of the leading health problems and the numbers of cases are soaring.

Premature babies or Preemies are those who were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. They may suffer from health problems because their organs were not fully developed. Preemies need medical attention and that is the reason why they stay in a neonatal intensive care unit until such time that their system can function independently.

A latest Stanford study shows that premature babies have a tendency to die during early childhood and young adulthood. The said study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Casey Crump, M.D, Ph.D, together with her colleagues analyzed the data about 600,000 Swedish people born between 1973 and 1979.

The team found out that those children who were born less than 37 weeks of pregnancy were much more likely to die before they turn five years old. The pattern disappeared in the late childhood and adolescence but emerged during young adulthood between the ages of 18 and 36 years old. A total of 7095 deaths among the subjects were noted.

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