The Development Of A 5 Month Baby Born Prematurely?

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, I want to ask my baby if they were born prematurely at 8 months 2 weeks with a weight of 2 kg … And now it’s 5 months old so you can tilt on your side and like to play drool. Do you think it’s normal?

1 Answer:

Hello Eny, Thank you for the question.


The growth and development of each child cannot be compared to one another. However, there are guidelines regarding the child's growth and development according to age which is used to find out whether the child has certain growth and development disorders. For children born prematurely, the child's growth and development reference is not the same as a child born at term. Premature babies also usually experience certain growth and development disorders.


Premature babies are babies born less than 37 weeks' gestation. Thus, your child is born approximately 1 month earlier. Thus, even if your child is 5 months old, the growth and development reference used is for 4 months old (correction age). You should use a reference to the age of correction until the child is 2 years old to find out whether the developmental growth is disturbed or not. For a correction age of 4 months, your baby can roll right and left, can lift his head and look around him, and follow people or objects.


If you are still worried about your baby's growth and development, do not hesitate to consult with a pediatrician further so that the doctor can do a direct examination of your child's growth and development.


Hopefully this information is useful.

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