There's this very interesting new study from The National Institutes of Health regarding which infants are more likely to thrive...
There's this very interesting new study from The National Institutes of Health regarding which infants are more likely to thrive and survive, even when born premature. The study looked at over 4,000 infants and was able to narrow down not only the factors that influence a premature baby's ability to survive but also the factors that influence disability. Researchers looked at babies born between the 22nd and 25th weeks - which is of course, very early. Earlier studies already show that gestational age plays a large role in the infant's survival. This is why many facilities, focus their intensive care on infants born in the 25th week of pregnancy, whereas infants born in the 22nd week of pregnancy receive comfort care. The problem with the above is that gestational age is not always accurate - in some cases it's impossible to figure true gestational age, so intensive care may not be focused on babies who might benefit. What this new research found is that babies are more likely to survive and have no advisabilities if:
- The baby is an older gestational age.
- The baby's mother had been given corticosteroids.
- If the infant is female.
- If the baby is a single born, not a multiple.
- The baby is a higher birthweight.