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The limitations of these data must be understood by HCPs and parents. They include: small sample sizes with wide confidence intervals at 22 and 23 weeks GA, an unknown number of children with one versus multiple impairments, variation in the definition and labelling of NDD by HCPs (especially ‘severe’ versus ‘moderate’) that may not reflect parents’ views or reality, no information on mild or other types of impairment (., behavioural) and the lack of correlation between degree of NDD and QOL [5] . One example demonstrates such limitations clearly: A child with severe cognitive impairment and severe cerebral palsy and a child with isolated uncorrectable deafness would both be classified as having severe NDD.

Are you aware that guidelines are and studies show that the most successful outcomes with pPROM are where antibiotics (erythromycin is the suggested one, 4 x a day) are given for ten days from the rupture of membranes, or ten days from the discovery of the rupture? Did they explain this to you? Infection is the biggest risk to you and your baby now, so it's vital to do everything possible to prevent it. The RCOG link I posted has all the guidelines for how to deal with pPROM and how to monitor for infection etc. Minor infections can be treated, but if you get choriamnionitis (an infection in the bag of waters) the only treatment is delivery.

I hadn't heard of TED stockings until I was in hospital either. They help prevent DVT's if you are on bed rest or hospitalised for any reason. They can show you how to do leg exercises too to help keep up circulation.

Re: the steroids. I was repeatedly refused steroids before 24 weeks. I was told they wouldn't help. However, the new guideline issued in Oct. 2010 (my twins were born in April) suggests they do help improve survivial rates in babies born prior to 24 weeks. I didn't want to go into 'my story' too much because the outcome wasn't good and I don't want to make you worry, but my twins were born at 23+5 weeks. I had known since the start that if there was any chance for them I wanted to take it and despite my hospital having a strict 'no help for babies nbefore 24 weeks' policy, I got every bit of info I could and argued my point with the neonatologist during labour. They agreed to help my girls and although the twin with the ruptured membrane, Megan, was too sick to survive long, the second twin, Imogen, did well at birth and they got her into NICU. She lived and fought for 9 days and was actually doing very well until she got a bleed in her lung. Steroids might well have prevented this. I don't know for sure, but had I had the steroids, my baby girl might be here now. Plus, they don't only help the lungs but they help prevent bleeds on the brain, which are one of the things that can cause some of the disabilities later on in very premature babies. They give very poor outcomes for babies before 24 weeks, but my friend's 23 weeker (23+2)) is 5 years old and doing great, with some fairly minor learning difficulties. She had steroids a week before she gave birth when her waters broke.

I hope you don't think I am being overbearing by keeping posting, if I am then please feel free to tell me to sod off. However, hindsight is a great thing and I had been so sure I would go past 24 weeks I will alway sfeel I didn't argue enough for steroids that could have made all the difference.

In a landmark paper, Liggins and Howie showed that a single course of antenatal corticosteroid therapy administered to women at risk for preterm delivery (PTD) reduced the incidence and severity of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) and mortality in offspring [ 1 ]. Over two dozen randomized trials have confirmed these findings [ 2 ]. Subsequent trials have also shown that antenatal corticosteroid therapy improves circulatory stability in preterm neonates, resulting in lower rates of intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) and necrotizing enterocolitis compared with unexposed preterm neonates.

Antenatal steroids rcog

antenatal steroids rcog

In a landmark paper, Liggins and Howie showed that a single course of antenatal corticosteroid therapy administered to women at risk for preterm delivery (PTD) reduced the incidence and severity of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) and mortality in offspring [ 1 ]. Over two dozen randomized trials have confirmed these findings [ 2 ]. Subsequent trials have also shown that antenatal corticosteroid therapy improves circulatory stability in preterm neonates, resulting in lower rates of intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) and necrotizing enterocolitis compared with unexposed preterm neonates.

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