Some problems are so common you should expect your baby to have them, especially if s/he is more than four to six weeks early. These include: jaundice, apnea, and inability to nipple or breast feed.

Other problems are common, but may or may not occur in your baby. These include: anemia, low blood pressure, difficulty with sugar balance, respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), transient tachypnea of the newborn (TTNB), patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), reflux, hernias, and infection.

Less common, but very important problems include: air leak (includes Pneumothorax, Pneumomediastinum and Pulmonary Interstitial Emphysema), necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) and periventricular leukomalacia (PVL).

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Jaundice (Bilirubin) Apnea of Prematurity Feeding & Nutrition
Anemia Low Blood Pressure Blood Sugar
Respiratory Distress Syndrome Transient Tachypnea Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Retinopathy of Prematurity Infection Pneumothorax
Necrotizing Enterocolitis Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Intraventricular Hemorrhage
Periventricular Leukomalacia Hernias & Hydroceles Reflux