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Preterm infant; Preemie; Premie
A premature infant's organs are not fully developed. The infant needs special care in a nursery until the organ systems have developed enough to sustain life without medical support. This may take weeks to months.
A premature infant will have a lower birth weight than a full-term infant. Common physical signs of prematurity include:
Not all premature babies will have these characteristics.
The infant may have difficulty breathing and maintaining body temperature.
Common tests performed on a premature infant include:
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