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Preemie hitting general milestones?
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JennNThom posted:
Hi - My son was born at 30 weeks last October, his due date was 12/30 so he was 10 weeks early. He's been home from the NICU for a month and a half now and I'm just wondering how concerned I should be about him hitting 'milestones' such as smiling, babbling, grasping toys, etc by 3 months (I guess he'd actually only be about 1 month). Also, are there any typical developmental issues I should be aware of? I just want to be sure I'm staying on top of everything I can!
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skerina responded:
I'm pretty new to being a mama to a preemie, but as I understand, you count from their original due date for milestones. So, he should be hitting the 1 month milestones around now. I couldn't say on typical developmental issues....haven't learned that part myself yet!

-Amber
 
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Jamelita responded:
Amber is right. Don't expect anything beyond your baby's adjusted age as far as milestones. That doesn't mean he won't hit some of them early, just don't expect him to. My DD was born at 32 weeks and she was almost always two months "late" on everything from smiling to walking. It took her until around 16-18 months to be caught up to her actual age. It can be frustrating, especially when other kids the same age as yours are doing things on time. Just try to remember that eventually they will all be the same
 
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JennNThom responded:
Great! Thanks for the info. I think I am just worried about any development delays they say preemies are prone to. Just want to make sure I can catch any issues as early as possible!


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