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JulzAunt posted:
My niece had a hard pregnacy. He placenta was down so they had to give her a c-section. They scared her and said the baby might have mental problems. They said the head was measuring small. He came out 6 pounds and they say he is healthy. He's had blood work done, they said thats ok. He doesn't want to breast feed or take the bottle. He doesn't want to wake up to eat. His cries are different than what we are accustom to. Should we worry?
Sara DuMond, MD, FAAP responded:
You sound like a very concerned aunt, so first off, I'd say your nephew is one very lucky little guy to have such concerned family members! Your niece experienced what sounds like placenta previa, where the placenta is positioned in a location that blocks the opening of the cervix, making a c-section the safest method of delivery. It is so hard to say what the cause is behind his disinterest in eating and his unique cries. Much of the early issues in babies depend on multiple things: Was he early or full-term but just on the small side? Were they concerned at all about infection? Did the doctors decide to do the c-section early because of specific concerns? Many times it takes several days to sort through these issues, so as hard as it is, the best advice is to wait, and let the doctors caring for the baby investigate all angles. I wish I could offer more specific guidance, but hang in there. It sounds like your nephew is in very good hands.
Dr. DuMond

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