Respiratory Problems: Asthma, croup, and bronchitis are all more common in children who were born early than in children born at term. Weaker wiring connections. The following are possible warning signs of a problem. Survival statistics in premature babies in case of birth within 23 weeks of the gestational period is as low as 17% to in case of babies born within 35-37 weeks to as high as 95%. Ng explains that babies born as early as around 23 weeks can survive, but babies born before 37 weeks are considered premature. Be assured that most premature babies thrive as they grow. It's not possible to predict exactly how a baby's first weeks or even later years will go. I’ve even read articles that say your premature baby is more likely to have depression as a teenager. “The likelihood and severity of any complication would decrease as the baby is born more and more maturely,” Ng adds. The premature baby charity, Bliss, has detailed information on starting primary school, including advice on how to request a late start for your child. Premature Babies Development: Premature baby development has various phases depending on the period of the gestational term in which the baby is born. After all, you know your child best. See our photo gallery of prem babies then and now, to see how well the featured children are doing.

Problems with brain wiring in premature babies appear to arise months before they are born, a small study suggests.. The earlier a baby is born, the higher the risk of death or serious disability. As premature babies get older, some of them may face ongoing physical problems (for example, asthma or cerebral palsy). Because premature babies have not had as much time to develop in the uterus (womb), they often do have extra health problems. It may be nothing, but if your child does have a delay, you'll want to catch it early so you can get a diagnosis and begin treatment. Premature (also known as preterm) birth is when a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy have been completed. Each baby is different. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, also called GERD or reflux, is another problem that premature babies may have as they grow. As a general rule, trust your instincts. If something seems odd or wrong to you about the way your baby moves, ask about it. They may also face developmental challenges (for example, difficulties paying attention or lack of motor control). Reflux may be mild or severe and may need to be treated by a doctor. Statistics tell you that your baby is more likely to have hearing or eyesight problems, movement disabilities, learning difficulties, developmental delay, and behavioral problems. A developing baby goes through important growth throughout pregnancy—including in the final months and weeks. About Premature Birth.