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Research in Pediatrics & Neonatology

Is a Premature Infant Ever an “ex” or “Former” Preemie?

  • Open or Close Eileen R McGrath*

    Department of Pediatrics, The University of Arizona, USA

    *Corresponding author: Eileen R McGrath, Ph D, Department of Pediatrics, The University of Arizona, College of Medicine, PO Box 245073, Tucson,AZ 85724, USA

Submission: April 20, 2018; Published: May 15, 2018

ISSN : 2576-9200
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Is a premature infant ever an “ex” or “former” preemie? I say, no. Moreover, I feel strongly it is time to stop referring to premature infants in this manner. In 1995, Badgwell affirmed the following: “remember that the premature infant is defined as being less than 37 weeks gestational age; therefore, an “ex-preemie” by definition has now reached greater than 37 weeks conceptual age” [1]. This type of designation may have made is easier for the medical profession to determine when a neonate was closer to term, thus popularizing its use. However, the terminology has morphed in use and is no longer helpful in recognizing the life changing events that may impact the life course of premature infants.

Abbreviations: PVL: Periventricular Leukomalacia; ROP: Retinopathy of Prematurity; BPD: Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia; NEC: Necrotizing Enterocolitis; GA: Gestational Age; ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; NICU: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; CNS: Central Nervous System

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