Anemia – This is when a baby doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to the rest of the body. Anemia can cause low levels of oxygen and glucose (sugar) in a baby’s blood and make it hard for a baby’s organs to work properly. Premature babies in the NICU may have anemia because they get regular blood tests to check their health. They often can’t make new blood cells quickly enough to replace the blood cells they lose during blood tests. This can lead to anemia.
Apnea of prematurity (also called AOP) – This is a pause in breathing for 15 to 20 seconds or more. It may happen together with a slow heart rate called bradycardia.
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (also called BPD) – This is a lung disease that can develop in premature babies as well as babies who have treatment with a breathing machine. Babies with BPD have a higher risk of lung infections than other babies and BPD sometimes leads to lung damage.
Respiratory distress syndrome (also called RDS) – If a baby has RDS, her lungs can’t make enough of a substance called surfactant. Surfactant is a slippery substance that keeps small air sacs in a baby’s lungs from collapsing.
Infections or neonatal sepsis – Premature babies can get infections more easily than other babies because their immune systems aren’t fully developed. The immune system protects your body from infection. Infection in premature babies can lead to sepsis, when the body has an extreme response to infection. Sepsis can be life-threatening.
Intraventricular hemorrhage (also called IVH) – This is bleeding in the fluid-filled spaces (also called ventricles) in the brain. The more premature a baby is, the more likely he is to have IVH.
We are thankful that little Keziah is doing well. Speaking on the Tamron Hall Show the following month, Barrino said she and Taylor had been on ‘a three-year journey’ to conceive their newborn.
The award-winning Fantasia also mom to Dallas Xavier, 8, and Zion Quari, 19, from a previous relationship.