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25 Jul 2006

Prem baby - bleeding on the brain -
Subject: Prem baby - bleeding on the brain -
Posted by: Charm
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Hi Doc,

My sister recent;y gave birth to a 26 week old baby, everything has been going fine, she ahs picked up weight etc.

She was advised yesterday by the paedatrician that the they have discovered that baby has"moderate "bleeding on the brain. This bleeding has apparently now stopped. They say that they are uncertain as to what damage (if any) baby has sustained and we will only know when baby is sitting and when she starts crawling. They say that if there is any damage it will affect baby's movement on the right hand side of her body.

Please could you provide further information on this and WHY was this not picked up earlier, Really appreciate any feedback from you.
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Premature baby expert

01 Jan 0001

Hallo Charm

Babies as small as this one is always at risk for brain bleedings, since their brain vessels are very fragile and can easily bleed. They can develop a bleed when their blood pressure change or if she cries or even when someone talks over the bed and the sound is to loud for her immature nervous system to handle. It was probable not picked up earlier due to the fact that it only recently happened. They will repeat the brain scan when necessary to see if the bleeding improved and as the paediatrician said, she might not have any problems at all, but I usually suggest that the baby be assessed at an early intervention clinic at 4, 8 and 12 months corrected age to make sure everything is OK and if there is a problem to start with therapy as soon as possible to minimize the problem.

Hope this helps, but please contact me for references if you want to have the baby assessed or need more info.

Kind regards
Welma
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