When baby comes early

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - PARENTING -

BASED on lo­cal registry find­ings, the sur­vival rate for preterm ba­bies at 26 weeks ges­ta­tional age is al­most 45%. Those born at 27 weeks have a sur­vival rate of about 50%; and those at 29 weeks, about 80%. Af­ter 31 weeks ges­ta­tion, the sur­vival rate is 90%.

Be­sides the sur­vival rate, there is the qual­ity of life to con­sider.

Pre-term ba­bies or pre­mies, depend­ing on how early they are, can have no health prob­lems or all sorts of health con­cerns.

In the United States, pre-term ba­bies make up about 8-10% of all de­liv­er­ies (ac­cord­ing to the US Na­tional Li­brary of Medicine).

Dr Irene Cheah, con­sul­tant pae­di­a­tri­cian and neona­tol­o­gist, says that of the de­liv­er­ies in Malaysian govern­ment hos­pi­tals, about 20,000 of the to­tal 480,000-490,000 in a year are pre-term.

This means about 4-5% of de­liv­er­ies in lo­cal govern­ment hos­pi­tals are pre-term.

Dr Cheah urges par­ents to come in to the hos­pi­tal as soon as pos­si­ble if they de­tect labour symp­toms but are not at 40 weeks yet.

“It’s im­por­tant for par­ents to de­tect that they could be in labour and to come in early be­cause then the doc­tors can slow down the labour if they are in es­tab­lished labour. This will de­lay labour by a day so that they can be given steroids to ma­ture the baby’s lungs,” she ex­plains.

ParenThots finds out all about pre-term ba­bies and par­ents’ role in help­ing them in the first few months.

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A mother tend­ing to her pre­ma­ture baby in an in­fant in­cu­ba­tor. ParenThots finds out all about pre-term ba­bies and par­ents’ role in help­ing them in the first few months.

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