World Prematurity Day: the health facts on premature births

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.

There are a number of charities in the UK designed for helping families with premature babies, including Bliss and Tommy's. Both offer information and help for affected families.

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.

Have you or your family experienced a premature birth? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below or talk to others in our pregnancy discussion forum group.

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