A baby who is born early (premature) is more likely to have
or be vulnerable to health problems than babies born at full term and with a
normal birth weight.
Babies born prematurely or at a very low
birth weight have an increased chance for complications that lead to brain
injury or abnormal development. The most common complications include:
Multiple-birth babies, such as twins, are more likely than
single-birth babies to be born early or with a low birth weight. This also puts
them at risk for poor health as newborns. These combined factors increase the
Early signs of these
types of complications include:
September 30, 2010
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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