All babies are miracles, but there is something special about a premature baby that makes me want to fist pump and cry at the same time. Watching a premature baby blossom into a happy, healthy kid is incredible. But there are still some problems premature babies may face later in life simply because of their early birthday.
The difficulties of a premature baby are obvious — they haven't had enough time to develop in the womb. So, according to the Mayo Clinic, they often have issues breathing on their own, low body temperature that they have trouble regulating, and a lack of sucking and/or swallowing reflexes, making it difficult to nurse or take a bottle.
But the complications don't end there. As they get older, a premature baby can become a happy, healthy child, but they could face these 11 problems later in life. Every child is different, so there's no guarantee that a premature baby will face some, if any, of these problems, but there is a chance because of their early bird due date. Depending on how early a premature baby was born, their risks could increase or decrease for each particular issue. If you're concerned, talk to your child's pediatrician about any risks and complications.