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A premature child is exposed to numerous problems, since she lacks reserves and since many bodily functions are not yet fully developed.

Respiratory distress syndrome
Abnormal lung growth
Temporary cessation of breathing and irregular heart rate
Gastroesophageal reflux
Brain damage
Necrotizing enterocolitis
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Because of these countless possible complications, a premature baby may be kept in the hospital’s neonatal unit for weeks and even months after birth. For example, a baby born before the 28th week of pregnancy will stay at the hospital until the original due date. A baby born between the 35th and 36th week will leave the hospital after the usual time period.