Friday March 28, 2014
Amniotic fluid, the liquid that surrounds the baby during pregnancy, is very important to a healthy pregnancy and baby. Oligohydramnios (or just oligo for short) is a condition where there is too little amniotic fluid. Many different things can cause oligo, from mom's health problems to birth defects in the baby. If you have oligo, your doctors will want to watch your pregnancy closely for signs of trouble.
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Thursday March 27, 2014
Collapsed lungs are a common health problem in the NICU, especially in premature babies. Most collapsed lungs are mild - they have few symptoms and don't require treatment. Some collapsed lungs can be severe, causing respiratory distress and requiring emergency treatment. The two main types of collapsed lungs in the NICU are atelectasis and pneumothorax.
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Friday March 21, 2014
A pneumothorax is a type of collapsed lung where air escapes the lungs and enters the chest cavity. Pnemothorax, or pneumo, can be a serious condition that requires treatment right away. Because pneumos are more common in preemies, doctors will watch your baby closely for signs of a pneumothorax while he or she is in the NICU.
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Monday March 17, 2014
Trisomy 13 is a genetic defect that can cause premature birth as well as a number of other symptoms. Trisomy 13, also called Patau syndrome, is a complicated disease that can cause very serious birth defects. Although surgery and aggressive treatment can help some babies with trisomy 13 live to early childhood, most babies with this disorder die in the first week of life.
Read More: Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome)