Premature Birth

A child born too early often is at risk for developing neurological and physical problems. Prematurity is defined as the birth of a baby prior to the 37th week of pregnancy. In the United States, one out of every eight babies is born prematurely. Health care providers can often take steps to delay labor if it starts before 37 weeks.

Some symptoms of premature labor include:

  • Contractions (your abdomen tightens like a fist) every 10 minutes or more often
  • Change in vaginal discharge (leaking fluid or bleeding)
  • Pelvic pressure – the feeling that your baby is pushing down
  • Low, dull backache
  • Cramps that feel like your period
  • Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea

Preterm birth may lead to various complications, which may increase in severity depending on many factors, especially the degree of prematurity. Although babies that are born from 23 to 26 weeks can survive, they are at extremely high risk for severe complications such as:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Problems with vision
  • Digestive problems
  • Learning disabilities
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Fluid accumulation in the brain
  • Developmental delay
  • Seizures

Some babies may not show signs of complications until later in childhood or even adulthood. A good example is a learning disability, which is usually not discovered until the child starts attending school.

If your child was born with a disability that resulted from premature birth, call The Thurswell Law Firm toll-free at (866) 354-5544 for a free consultation.

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