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Premature baby, 1998.

Premature baby, 1998.
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm


Thanks to developments in technology and medical advances in 20th century, many premature babies are now able to survive and grow into healthy children. Premature births occur for a variety of reasons. They are sometimes due to infection, smoking, multiple pregnancies, cervical complications, or life threatening conditions such as pre-eclampsia. Many premature babies are delivered by Caesarean section. In the neonatal unit, ventilators provide asistance with breathing and incubators help to regulate body temperature. Babies can be fed intravenously with a drip or infusion pump. Monitoring equipment attached to the baby enables medical staff to observe changes in heart rate, breathing patterns and glucose levels.

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