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Although Premmies are at increased risk for learning and behavioural difficulties in school, many meet expected learning and behavioural outcomes in preschool.  For this reason, it is unlikely they will be identified as requiring extra support.

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Premature babies, especially very and extremely-born premmies, have been surviving for only the past 70 years or so. The “new” medical specialty of neonatology has exploded with new methods to save the lives of very early-born babies. The next phase of studies then assessed the surviving babies to look at the quality of their survival. This phase is continuing and long-term follow-ups of premmies is finding that a significant proportion have ongoing developmental problems. These problems are in every aspect of development (such as cognitive, physical, sensory, social and emotional) and at every level of severity.

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Parents of premmies will know about the problems their baby had trying to breathe with immature lungs. Many premmies spend weeks and months on assisted ventilation, increased oxygen, nasal prongs and the like. However once the baby is able to breathe without assistance and able to go home, the thought that their child may have persisting lung problems may not occur. A recent study found that even moderately-born premmies (born at 33-34 weeks) had lower lung functions at 8-9 years which improved at 14-17 years.

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We human beings are born to be “social animals”. Lynne Murray in her book “Your social baby” shows a series of photos of a newborn baby turning to the sound of his mother’s voice. I, like many other parents and grandparents, have similar photos taken soon after birth, of newborns turning around with wide, alert eyes to take in their “new” family, just as we drink in the sight of our new son or daughter.
One of the different life experiences of premmies is that there is not much of a social environment. Premature babies are isolated in isolettes.

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Worrying about your child is part of being a parent. If you are a parent of a premmie your worries are naturally increased. These worries can vary as you child develops and range from your child’s physical safety, their happiness, friendships, as well as their academic success. But too often today parents can ‘over’ worry. The media, peers, family and friends all influence upon these anxieties that being a parent brings. It brings great satisfaction to see your child happy, succeeding at school and well liked by their peers, but life has curve balls and nobody is exempt.

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