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Premature Infant

Key Points About Prematurity

  • Babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy are considered premature or born too early.
  • Many premature babies also weigh less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces (2,500 grams). They may be called low birth weight.
  • Premature babies can have long-term health problems. In general, the more premature the baby, the more serious and long-lasting the health problems may be.
  • Prenatal care is a key factor in preventing preterm births and low-birth-weight babies.
  • Premature babies are at increased risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

Prevention and Risk Assessment

Diagnosis

Treatments

Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Taeun Chang

Taeun Chang

Director, Neonatal Neurology and Neonatal Neurocritical Care Program
Neonatal and Prenatal Neurologist
Suma Hoffman

Suma Hoffman

Neonatologist
Associate Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program
Nneka Nzegwu

Nneka Nzegwu

Associate Director, Quality and Safety, Neonatology Division
Neonatologist
Our Stories

Our Stories

Amarie on a park swing

Amarie's Story

Amarie, an infant born prematurely, is enrolled in a Children’s research study that seeks to understand how preterm birth affects the cerebellum.

Departments

Departments

Critical Care Medicine

With the only pediatric, cardiac and neuro-intensive care units in the immediate Washington, D.C., area, Children’s National Hospital is the region’s leading provider of critical care medicine for seriously ill and injured infants and children.

Neonatology

Whether your infant has arrived prematurely or has a critical illness, the Children’s National Hospital top-ranked team assists in coordinating every service you and your baby need, including consultations, assessments, emergency treatments and continuing care.