As we all know, premature baby's are usually born with some sort of physical development still in progress. With Richie the main issue was that his lungs weren't developed properly when he was born. For other premmie babys, its something else, but whatever the lack of development, all premmie baby parent's want is for their baby to catch up with kids their own age.
I was reminded about this uncertainty the other day when I was drawn to an article about a study that looked at the probability of premmie babies catching up to their full term peers come school time. I have read a few articles about how premmie baby's are usually behind the eight ball for their whole schooling life, but this article was a positive study about how the majority of premature baby's will catch up to full term kids in respect to school rediness, with only a few not catching up come school time. I found this article interesting to read , firstly, because its always interesting to read any sort of articles about premature baby development, but secondly, it reassured me that Richie should be fine with school when his time comes.
It never really crossed my mind about whether Richie would be develop mentally delayed in regards to his readiness for school as up to this stage in his life he hasn't been struggling with any development or milestones. To be honest, I was never worried about his development as the doctors at the hospital were confident that he would eventually catch up to other kids his age. Maybe that is me being a bit naïve about his prematurity and the future effects it will have on him.
I know that this doesn't really have anything to do with my current pregnancy, but I guess its another reason why I'm hoping for a full term baby this time around.
Here is the link to the study for those interested
My name is Briana and I am a wife to Terry, a mother to ,my gorgeous 2 year old son Richie with another bub on the way.