How is a premature infants age counted?

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How is a premature infants age counted?

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The age of a baby born prematurely may be counted by the following: • Gestational age: This is the time measured from the first day of the mother’s last menstruation (monthly period). Gestational age is used to know your premature baby’s age when he was born. This also gives an idea on how far your baby’s development has reached at the time of birth. • Chronological age: This is measured from the day your baby was born, which is the usual way a person’s age is counted. • Corrected age: This age counts the time that your baby should have been in the womb. Corrected age is used to check your baby’s normal growth and development for the first 2 to 3 years of his life. This is measured by getting your baby’s chronological age minus the period of time he was born early. For example, if your 12 week old baby was born four weeks early, his corrected age is eight weeks. How does a premature infant develop? A premature infant’s development may be slower than babies who were born full-term. Most

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