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Premature: the importance of specific monitoring

Premature: the importance of specific monitoring


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Every year, about 55,000 babies are born prematurely, or 6% of births and this number continues to increase. For the French Association of Ambulatory Pediatrics (AFPA), the monitoring of these children, more fragile than those born at term, should be better organized, particularly through the establishment of monitoring networks in the regions.

  • According to the French Association of Ambulatory Pediatricstoo many children born prematurely (before 37 weeks of amenorrhea, ie 8 months of pregnancy) do not receive specific follow-up during the first years of their life, whereas this is essential for detecting any problems related to their prematurity.
  • Indeed, this specific monitoring of premature children, planned until the age of 8, is essential to know the neurological, motor and sensory evolutions of the child. His cognitive performance and possible behavioral problems can also be assessed. This attentive and regular follow-up allows a faster and more efficient management.

Monitoring networks: territorial inequality

  • But the French Association of Ambulatory Pediatrics point finger of a territorial inequality: in some regions, networks of monitoring premature babies exist to ensure the continuity and coordination of care right out of the hospital, as for example P'titmip in Midi-Pyrénées or the Network Perinatal Alpes-Isère. A real help for parents, often left to their own after an early birth.
  • And in other regions, these networks are non-existent, as explained by Dr. François-Marie Caron, a pediatrician in Amiens and a member of AFPA: "Contrary to the recommendations of the last perinatal plan, networks for monitoring premature infants do not exist in all regions Yet, they are essential for the comprehensive care of these children in terms of health education as well as prevention, diagnosis and care. "

Babies premas: find help

If you are concerned about an untimely birth and need advice or simply listening, the SOS Préma association can help you. A permanent phone is set up Monday to Friday from 10am to 12am and from 2pm to 4pm at 0811 886 888. A psychologist and a nursery nurse in neonatology are here to answer you.

Stéphanie Letellier

(News of the 18/02/13)



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