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Understanding your premature baby's diagnosisUUnderstanding your premature baby's diagnosisUnderstanding your premature baby's diagnosisEnglishNeonatologyPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)NANANAPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZJonathan Hellmann, MBBCh, MHSc, FCP(SA), FRCPC12.000000000000038.0000000000000667.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about diagnosis, the first step towards treating a premature baby. Read about common diagnostic techniques and coming to a definite diagnosis.</p><p>Obtaining a diagnosis is the first step in treatment. Diagnosis is an attempt to find out exactly what is wrong with a premature baby so that appropriate steps can be taken to solve the problem and help the baby to get better. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Diagnosis is an attempt to find out what is wrong with a premature baby so that appropriate steps can be taken to treat the condition and help the baby get better.</li> <li>In some cases, diagnosis may take a long time or doctors may make a tentative diagnosis. In this case, treatment will begin either until a definitive diagnosis can be made or doctors will wait to see if treatment confirms the diagnosis.</li> <li>Diagnosis can be complicated by the fact that a premature baby may have multiple conditions with overlapping or conflicting symptoms.</li></ul>
Comprendre le diagnostic de votre bébé prématuréCComprendre le diagnostic de votre bébé prématuréUnderstanding your premature baby's diagnosisFrenchNeonatologyPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)NANANAPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZJonathan Hellmann, MBBCh, MHSc, FCP(SA), FRCPC12.000000000000038.0000000000000667.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Sachez les techniques de diagnostic du bébé prématuré, l'étape clé vers le traitement du bébé prématuré. Suivez les étapes de soins de votre bébé prématuré.</p><p>L’obtention d’un diagnostic constitue la première étape du traitement. Le diagnostic, c’est la tentative de trouver ce qui ne va pas avec un bébé prématuré afin que les étapes appropriées soient entreprises pour résoudre le problème et aider le bébé à se remettre.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Le diagnostic est la tentative de trouver ce qui ne va pas chez un bébé prématuré afin que les étapes appropriées soient entreprises pour résoudre le problème et aider le bébé à se remettre.</li> <li>Parfois, un diagnostic peut être plus long à poser ou les médecins feront un diagnostic provisoire. Le traitement sera soit suspendu jusqu’à ce qu’un diagnostic officiel soit établi ou le médecin attendra de voir si le traitement confirme le diagnostic. </li> <li>Un diagnostic peut être compliqué davantage par le fait que le bébé prématuré peut avoir plusieurs différents troubles, accompagnés de symptômes concomitants ou même de symptômes contradictoires.</li></ul>

 

 

Understanding your premature baby's diagnosis1794.00000000000Understanding your premature baby's diagnosisUnderstanding your premature baby's diagnosisUEnglishNeonatologyPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)NANANAPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZJonathan Hellmann, MBBCh, MHSc, FCP(SA), FRCPC12.000000000000038.0000000000000667.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about diagnosis, the first step towards treating a premature baby. Read about common diagnostic techniques and coming to a definite diagnosis.</p><p>Obtaining a diagnosis is the first step in treatment. Diagnosis is an attempt to find out exactly what is wrong with a premature baby so that appropriate steps can be taken to solve the problem and help the baby to get better. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Diagnosis is an attempt to find out what is wrong with a premature baby so that appropriate steps can be taken to treat the condition and help the baby get better.</li> <li>In some cases, diagnosis may take a long time or doctors may make a tentative diagnosis. In this case, treatment will begin either until a definitive diagnosis can be made or doctors will wait to see if treatment confirms the diagnosis.</li> <li>Diagnosis can be complicated by the fact that a premature baby may have multiple conditions with overlapping or conflicting symptoms.</li></ul><figure> <img alt="Preemie with IV" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/preemie_with_IV_splint_EN.jpg" /> </figure> <h2>Overview of diagnosis</h2><p>Diagnosis is sometimes simple. For example, if a premature baby has a yellowish tint to the skin, they almost certainly have jaundice. The appropriate treatment, phototherapy, can begin right away. This diagnosis can often be made just by looking at the baby, although jaundice should be confirmed through blood tests as well.</p><p>At other times, diagnosis is not so easy. A sign or symptom may be the same for several different conditions. For example, while an abnormally high breathing rate suggests that there may be a breathing problem, rapid breathing may be a symptom caused by a problem with another part of the body. An increased heart rate could be caused by something mild that may resolve itself, or by something more serious that will require intervention.</p><p>When the signs and symptoms are non-specific and do not point directly to one condition, doctors make what is called a differential diagnosis. This is a list of different possible conditions that the baby may have, based on their symptoms.</p><p>Sherlock Holmes, when faced with a difficult and confusing case, would eliminate the impossible; whatever was left, no matter how improbable, must be the answer. At times, diagnosis of an illness or condition can require a similar process. When symptoms suggest several possibilities, doctors will eliminate some of the possibilities with further tests until there is only one possibility left.</p><h2>Treatment without a confirmed diagnosis</h2><p>Eliminating possibilities to confirm a diagnosis may take some time. In such cases, treatment may begin before a definitive diagnosis is made. For example, if doctors suspect that a premature baby has an infection, it is likely that the baby will be given antibiotics even before the infection is confirmed with blood tests. This is because treating an infection is easier and more effective when begun early and, even if blood tests come back negative for infection, the antibiotics will do little harm. The risks of not treating a possible infection, which can rapidly deteriorate, outweigh the risks of prescribing an antibiotic to a premature baby who, it may turn out later, does not have an infection.</p><p>Treatment also has a role to play in diagnosis. Sometimes doctors may make what is sometime called a provisional, or tentative diagnosis, where a condition is suspected but not yet confirmed, and begin treatment for the suspected condition. If the baby gets better as a result of the treatment, this can help confirm the diagnosis. Conversely, if the baby does not respond to treatment, it is likely that either the provisional diagnosis or the treatment was wrong. For example, if a premature baby is given antibiotics because infection is suspected but the antibiotics do not make the baby better, then it is unlikely that the baby has an infection and the baby’s symptoms must be from some other cause. Although this process can be frustrating, a possibility has been eliminated, which means that doctors are one step closer to a definitive diagnosis.</p><p>Diagnosis can be further complicated by the fact that a premature baby may have more than one condition, may have a complex condition, or may have a very rare condition, perhaps with overlapping or even conflicting symptoms. In these cases, it may take even longer to make the correct diagnosis.</p><h2>How this section is organized</h2><p>In the diagnosis section of this site, individual conditions are addressed on individual pages. Additionally, individual types of diagnostic procedures, such as X-rays and blood tests, are also addressed on individual pages. There are also discussions about other issues surrounding diagnosis, including consent, the process by which a parent understands and approves of the treatment given to their premature baby.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/preemie_with_IV_splint_EN.jpgUnderstanding your premature baby's diagnosis

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