Long-term impact of prematurity
Many children that survive premature births are fit and well. However some may face longer term health problems including cerebral palsy, visual problems and learning disabilities.
Chronic lung disease (bronchopulmonary dysplasia) of prematurity often improves over time, but may leave the child with asthma in later life. Some children may have some other more subtle behavioural problems as well which can be helped with early diagnosis and therapies to help.
World Prematurity Day focuses on raising awareness of the need for high-quality care for the whole family of premature babies. The message is that the whole family needs support, not just the baby.