Our expert says:
Dear Concerned Aunt
I am sorry to hear about the baby that passed away. They always live in our hearts and remember to support the parents since the other twin does not take the place of the baby that has been lost.
Cerebral Palsy (CP) can only be diagnosed when the child start with development of skills such as moving, crawling, sitting, etc. – about after a year and the diagnosis need to be made a your pediatrician or a neurologist. Babies born before 28 weeks are at higher risk for cerebral palsy due to the immature organs, especially the brain. The ventilator does not cause CP, but can rather effect breathing in the first 3 years. CP can be caused by a brain injury, such as a baby being deprived of oxygen for a long time and blood pressure that fluctuates a lot. If the healthcare professionals looking after your baby feel that he might be at risk for CP they will do a head sonar before discharging him from the hospital and then you will receive information on the result of this sonar on follow-up’s that might be necessary. You may find it helpful to take the baby for an early intervention screening (done by a multi-professional team) when he is 4 months corrected age to set you mind at ease. Usually the outcomes in premmies are good, but we need to be sensitive and open for possible risks. Please send more e-mails whenever you are concerned.
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