Posted by: Tammy | 2004/03/06


Triplets - lots of questions...


My sister in law had triplets this week at 29 weeks. They weigh 1,2kg, 1,05kg and 750g. I am very worried about them and wondering what the survival rate is for such small babies (especially the 750g one?). The first 24 hours went well.

The middle one had a ventricular bleed 36 hours after birth. It was not severe and seems to be subsiding. Could it get worse and could any damage have been done already?

They are all being very well looked after in an excellent hospital - I know it sounds silly, but do you think they'll all be ok? What are some stats regarding prem babies and risks and especially the one weighing 750g?

Thanks - you advice will really be appreciated...

Expert's Reply



There is a very long and difficult road ahead, physically for the children and emotionally for your sister and the family. They will need all the support and practical assistance that can be provided. In the case of triplets it is very difficult to use standard stats, because it does not apply and triplets are often more mature than their weight suggest, because they have been under additional stress in the womb. Irrespective of the percentages the best advice is to be hopeful and supportive. It sounds like they are in good hands and the advice of the doctors caring for them would be far more appropriate.

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