ROP – Retinopathy of Prematurity

ROP – Retinopathy of Prematurity Retinopathy of Prematurity is a process of abnormal vision due to extreme prematurity. ROP is rarely identified in infants with a birthweight of >1500 grams or >32 weeks gestational age. Compared to fetal oxygen levels,...

NEC – Necrotising Enterocolitis

NEC – Necrotising Enterocolitis NEC is an inflammatory disorder of the gastrointestinal tract that occurs 100 times more frequently in premature babies then term babies. NEC is thought to develop following bacterial injury to the gastrointestinal tract ranging from the...

PDA – Patent Ductus Arteriosus

PDA- Patent Ductus Arteriosus The baby in the womb has a circulation system that changes when the first breath is taken after birth. In the womb the lungs have no work to do, the mothers supplies all the baby needs...

Jaundice

Jaundice When all babies are born they have an excess of red blood cells which their body breaks down after birth. This breakdown produces a yellowish substance in the blood called Bilirubin. The liver converts the bilirubin into a form...

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