I was browsing and found this information , which made me start the discussion.
"Preemie survivors have a tougher time later in life
Infants born prematurely are much more likely to die during childhood and, if they Preemiesurvive, are much less likely to have children of their own later on, according to the largest study of premature babies undertaken. This is tough news for Black women, who have a higher rate of premature births. Researchers already knew that premature infants faced many neurological and developmental problems, but the new findings, released Tuesday, show that the range of problems they suffer is even greater than suspected and persist throughout the child’s lifetime. The study, conducted using Norwegian data on people from the cradle to the grave, suggests that, as the percentage of premature infants who make it through their first year continues to grow, because of advances in neonatology, the number of troubled infants and adults also will rise. “Are we improving their survival at the expense of significant problems down the road?” asked the lead author, Dr. Geeta Swamy of the Duke University Medical Center. This is an important paper because it documents something we have all known in our hearts – that being born premature has enduring implications,” said Dr. William Benitz, chief of the division of neonatal and developmental medicine at Lucile.".
What is your take on this? I really dont know how to take this. I cant avoid worrying about my kid's future and related health issues.
Edited June 26, 2009 at 2:29 am