Understanding Your Preemie's Special Needs

Although you expected to make lifestyle changes when your baby arrives (and the frequent trips to the bathroom at night have started preparing you for some of them) no one can prepare for the multitude of changes that come when your baby is premature. Before your baby was born you remember feeling like you’ve been pregnant forever, and wanting this pregnancy to be over, but you didn’t wish for a premature baby. You are scared, in pain, and just want the world to slow down. You are not alone. In the United States, one out of every ten infants arrives prematurely.

Normal Gestation

Gestation is the term doctors use to describe the time an unborn child spends in the womb and a full-term pregnancy will have a gestation period of between 38-42 weeks. The last 10-12 weeks are a critical stage of development as the infant’s organs reach full maturity and prepare to support life outside the womb. It is time critical for the lungs and nervous system to fully develop.

Premature Birth

An infant born before 37 weeks of gestation is considered premature. This means that your child missed important weeks of development and all his/her organs may not be fully developed. The earlier a premature child arrives, the greater the potential issues he/she will face. Common health issues for a premature child include: If you are the parent of a premature infant coming home with specialized needs, and you live in Northern Kentucky, Ohio, or Indiana, RSVP Home Care has the respiratory and durable medical equipment experts that you need. With over a century of related experience in management and staff, we are your go-to source for your child’s specialized needs.