“Even though kids can understand that, they find it quite difficult to inhibit their immediate response and think of the rules of the game and say the opposite one.
“They did find it more difficult, but it’s not like it’s a life sentence of being born early.”
“Not every baby who is born early has these problems,” said Dr Robert Guaran, Clinical Advisor in Neonatology.
“Because there is a difference in performance, we can now start to look at what interventions can take place to close that gap further.”
8% of babies are born prematurely (before 37 weeks)
Giving birth doesn’t always go as planned – especially when your baby is born prematurely.
For these parents who meet their baby months before their due date, it can often be a scary time visiting their child – or children if they have had a multiple birth – in the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital.
27,000 newborns (8 per cent) are born prematurely (before 37 weeks) in Australia each year.
In rare instances,some infants are simply too eager to enter the world. With today’s amazing technology and constant care from NICU staff, babies born at just 23 weeks’ gestation have survived.
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