Testing & Diagnosis for Prematurity in Children

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What are the characteristics of a premature baby?

These are the most common characteristics of a premature baby. However, your baby may show different characteristics of the condition. Characteristics may include:

  • small baby, often weighing less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds 8 ounces)
  • thin, shiny, pink or red skin, able to see veins
  • little body fat
  • little scalp hair, but may have lots of lanugo (soft body hair)
  • weak cry and body tone
  • genitals may be small and underdeveloped
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