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Tose of you whose kids are getting to be big kids now, do you see any lasting impacts of your child being a preemie?
Jim is almost 4 1/2 now and has no remaining effects of being a preemie. Once we got past about 21 months, he has had only normal illnesses and has not needed any follow up for his development. I feel ridiculously lucky that he has been as healthy and developmentally normal as he has been!
I feel very blessed with David but with that being said:
David has Asthma, he also had cronic ear infections which have caused him to have a hole in his ear drum that has burst after surgical repair twice. His ENT says that he feels it was because of him being a preemie and having plagiocephaly.
On top of that we have sensory issues which may or may not be related.
Robbie has some mild effects from the brain bleeds which left him with cerebral palsy on his right side. He really doesn't use his right arm and hand much and tip-toes on his right foot. He also has ADHD which is trying to say the least at times. Other than those little things, Robbie is a normal 8 year old.
Sarah Beth is 5 years old and still has a few issues here and there with her lungs. Asthma-like symptoms, but nothing too bad. She is also super active and has a really hard time listening and following directions... but, her father did when he was a kid too, so I'm not sure that is from being a Preemie. All in all I think we were super blessed to have such few issues.
the twins were 28 weekers and will be three in February. They were mainly feeders/growers, Arthur is still toe-walking and is seeing PT and a motion specialist for that, but otherwise they're big kids, good speech and developmental progress, and overall nice two year olds, most of the time
Travis is 3.5 and although we are still dealing with some risidual effects, I feel like we could not possibly ask for him to be doing any better! His biggest problem is still feeding/puking. He CAN eat, but will still randomly gag and vomit. He also vomits when he cries too hard, plays too hard, laughs too hard....etc. It's really frustrating and I am ready for him to outgrow it! Because of these issues, he's pretty little for his age at 26lbs & 35 inches tall. He is catching up though! His speech has been delayed but that has recently exploded! He is talking SO much more now! The only other issue is his vision. Because he had Stage III ROP and Plus Disease resulting in laser surgery, his vision is pretty bad, and recently it has deteriorated even more. He went from needing a -7 RX in both eyes to a -10.5. If you know anything about glasses and what that RX means, you will know how horrible that is. Thankfully he does great with his glasses!