Are babies born at 34 to 36 weeks gestation (late preterm) at risk for medical problems?

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Are babies born at 34 to 36 weeks gestation (late preterm) at risk for medical problems?

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Late preterm infants are usually healthier than babies born earlier. More than 99 percent of these babies survive, though they are (16): • 6 times more likely than full-term infants to die in the first week of life (2.8 per 1,000 vs. 0.5 per 1,000) • 3 times more likely to die in the first year of life (7.9 per 1,000 vs. 2.4 per 1,000) Late preterm babies often weigh between 4 and 6 pounds, and they may appear thinner than full-term babies. These babies remain at higher risk than full-term babies for newborn health problems, including breathing and feeding problems, difficulties regulating body temperature, and jaundice (17). These problems are usually mild. Most of these babies can breast- or bottle-feed, although some (especially those with mild breathing problems) may need tube-feeding for a brief time. A babys brain at 35 weeks weighs only two-thirds of what it will weigh at 40 weeks (17). Because their brain development is not complete, these babies may be at increased risk for le

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