NICE guidance on care for premature babies
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NICE guidance on care for premature babies

Erin Dean Freelance health journalist

Essential facts

Almost 49,000 babies are born before 37 weeks’ gestation, in the UK every year. About 5% of these are before 28 weeks. Preterm birth is associated with an increased risk of developmental difficulties including physical, sensory, cognitive and learning disorders, and emotional and behavioural problems. These can be lifelong.

Nursing Standard. 32, 21, 15-15. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.21.15.s11

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