This story was thoughtfully shared by one of our readers.
“My beautiful daughter was born on 9/25/09 at 28 weeks. Her delivery only lasted about 25 minutes, leaving both her father and I completely stunned. Keagan did fabulously well in the beginning; she was on room air, gaining weight consistently, and responding to stimulus around her. Although things were great in the beginning, she did go through the typical preemie situations: d-sats, spells, on and off the canula, blood transfusions, reflux, and a hernia. After about 8 1/2 weeks, Keagan had a swallow study that determined she was silently aspirating, which was causing her “impressive” spells. Once her feedings were thickened, she improved quickly and went home at 10 weeks old. Since that time, she has continued to improve, however the aspiration problem is still an issue. She is also dealing with torticollis, which as many of you know, is another preemie predicament. Along with her pediatrician, she sees a team that includes a PT, an OT, a speech therapist, and teachers from the school district. Keagan is now 8 1/2 months old and is right in the middle on the growth charts for her age group. Now, if she could just master the swallowing issues and the sitting/crawling hurdle, no one would ever know that she was a preemie! (generic picture)
I am interested in other families experiences with aspiration. We just experienced a bit of a set back with this, so any stories or thoughts that anyone would like to share would be appreciated!”