Brain development of premature babies


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According to scientists measuring the development of a premature baby’s brain during the first few weeks of life can help determine whether or not a baby is likely to suffer mental and or physical development issues in the future.

Nearly half of all premature babies who survive being born before 30-week gestation go on to develop a mental or physical disability.  Gender also appears to play a significant role as baby born very premature were more likely to be affected than girls born at the same gestation.

While a foetus is in the womb the surface of their brain known medically as the cortex, should change in appearance from looking somewhat like a coffee bean to looking more like a walnut, however if a baby were born prematurely the above changes would take place outside of the womb.

The stress of premature birth combined with the stress of invasive medical care can greatly influence the brain development in premature babies resulting in a slower rate of brain growth.

By scanning and measuring the brain of premature babies, it may be possible to identify which babies are most likely to require development support later on.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sprog Blogs
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 06:28:22

    Thanks Admin.
    Great Job and very informative article.
    Very nice tips to help develop a premature baby’s brain development.


  2. Lynn
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 20:33:37

    My daughter was born at 28 weeks shes now 79days old and the Dr. told me she has slow brain development and that shes going to mentially retarted because she shows signs in her face could this be true?


    • prem2pram
      Apr 22, 2011 @ 10:03:32

      I would suggest you write a list of all your questions and find a nurse or Dr that you feel comfortable with and ask them to explain everything to you and what they think the long term implications will be.
      My son had two brain bleeds and dysmorphic features, he is at main stream pre school and is one of the cleverest children in his class. Thats something i never though i would ever be able to say.
      Enjoy your daughter and take each day at a time. xx


  3. Curosurf
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 10:53:18

    Brain development of premature babies depends on the life term of the baby and its development since starting.


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