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Tip 56: hyperglycaemia

Hyperglycaemia has been estimated to occur in 45% to 80% of premature infants.

The underlying mechanisms causing hyperglycaemia are multifactorial and may be the result of high glucose concentrations in the infusion fluids or low glucose uptake rate. 69 more words


Was James Really 22 Weeks 6 Days?

A friend of mine would pose that question whenever we had discussions about preemies and gestational age. She didn’t say it quite that bluntly, but did clearly state that James could have been 23 weeks and 3 or 4 days when he was born. 595 more words


Eye Appointments for Little Kids: Our Story

We’ve been visiting a pediatric ophthamologist for over six years, and people often ask me what the eye exam process is like for young children. 516 more words

Our Story

Tip 55b: fluid losses in preterm babies

Babies <1.5kg commonly require:

  • high infusion rates (80-100ml/kg/day) of 10% dextrose on day 1
  • diligent review of their fluid balance and clinical picture with reduction in fluids if required (e.g.
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Respect the Placenta

Last week, Alan E. Guttmacher, the Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), announced the “Placenta Project… 220 more words

Tip 55a: fluid requirements in preterm babies

The insensible losses in preterm babies, from evaporation and respiratory tract, can reach 40-60ml/kg/day, even when nursed in 90% humidity, and can be much larger (up to 140ml/kg/day). 23 more words