What is the Prognosis for Babies Born Prematurely?

A premature birth can result in a wide range of possible complications and conditions and an equally wide range of outcomes. Each baby is unique, and will have a different set of circumstances surrounding the birth. Sometimes, only time will tell what lasting complications, if any, a baby will have; in other situations, problems are obvious from the very beginning.

Some children catch up to their peers by school age; others have lingering difficulties that are easily overcome, and still others have greater challenges. These babies may have conditions associated with long-term developmental challenges such as cerebral palsy, vision or hearing loss, or intellectual disabilities. The condition itself does not resolve but a lot can be done to insure a high quality of life through early intervention services, adaptive devices and other methods of treatment.

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Centers for Disease Control
Premature Birth

American Academy of Pediatrics
Premie Milestones Brochure

Kids Health
A Primer on Premies

March of Dimes
About Prematurity

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Preterm Labor and Birth