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I was reading a web article about premature infants. In this article a premature infant birth is considered premature, or preterm, when the infant is born before the 37th week of pregnancy. A normal pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. With a premature birth the infant faces an uphill battle of survival as soon as he or she is born. Especially if the new born is born early before the 37th week of pregnancy. One challenge some premature infant faces is pulmonary hemorrhage, or bleeding in the lungs. I did go thru this with my son when he was born. He was born 6 weeks premature and had to be put on a respirator due to his lungs having liquid and blood within his lungs. Everything turned out okay, but he was on the respirator for 8 days. Another thing that can be a challenge is birth weight usually a premature infant is usually born underweight. If the premature infant responds to treatment their chances of survival is increased as the days and weeks go by. There can be issues later in life that cannot be detected during infancy like behavior issues or social development. My experience with my son is that you must be proactive and take extra steps to treat any symptoms that you may notice early in child development like delay of speech or walking. The key is early detection, with early detection sometimes can be corrected if caught in time. My son took longer to speak so we had a speech therapist with him at an early age and it took time but by the time he was four he started to be able to verbally communicate with us. Most people might think of their infant as perfect, but you must keep a look out for any signs that are displayed at an early age.