High Risk Infants-Preterm/Low Birth Weight Objectives (questions 1-4)
Pre-term infants have decreased glycogen and fat, thin skin, and immature organs
(respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, liver, renal, and bones).
Besides the cause of pre-term birth due to unknown factors, some other factors
that may cause pre-term birth are early induction of labor due to pregnancy
complications in the mother or the fetus, fertility drugs, advancing age of first
time mothers, preeclampsia/eclampsia/hypertension, chronic diseases, poor
maternal nutrition, substance abuse, infection, bleeding of any sort (placental
abruption or bleeding disorders), and stretching of the uterus (caused by multiple
pregnancies, too much amniotic fluid, or fibroids).
Corrected Gestational Age represents the age of the infant in weeks at discharge
home, death or first birthday, whichever occurs first, and is calculated by
multiplying the gestational age in weeks times 7 and adding the gestational age,
Then add the total length of stay in days.
Finally, divide the result by
Corrected age for premature infants counts the time that your baby should
have been in the womb. Corrected age is used to check your baby's normal growth
and development for the first 2 to 3 years of his life. This is measured by getting
your baby's chronological age minus the period of time he was born early.