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What are the best practices to prevent blood transfusions in preemie/micro preemie babies?

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My daughter is 29 1/2 weeks pregnant with intrauterine growth restriction.  The baby currently only weighs 1 lb 12 oz.  In our brief visit with the perinatoligist, the first words out of her mouth were, the baby is going to need multiple blood transfusions after she is born, without even knowing what is wrong, if anything, with the baby besides she is very small.  So far all the tests have come back normal, still waiting on the chromosomal bloodwork to come back. If that is the case, blood isn't going to fix the problem.   I want my granddaughter to have the best fighting chance, but know that in Florida the court will quickly step in when it's a premature baby with complications.  Any information to help prevent this would be greatly appreciated.
asked Jun 6, 2012 in Site Q&A by anonymous
retagged Jun 6, 2012 by LarryEitel
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Our micropreemie was treated with EPO and iron.  The doctor only drew blood when deemed absolutely necessary. Our baby was born in the 25 th week of gestation.  He went home 9 days before his actual due date without having received blood.
answered Jun 30, 2012 by anonymous
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How is your Preemie doing today? I was in awe when I read about the E.p.o. and iron therapy used on another baby (I am thinking the two anonymous posts were not both you. You have to be careful about asking for suggestions for alternative treatment...especially in California, where alternative therapists are witchhunted by the board of medical quality. There are natural substances that can be used prior to getting pregnant, but you must take a serious interest and learn about them. If you want to ask me any questions, email or call me. Hoping your little one is healthy and strong!
answered Apr 16, 2013 by 21stCentury (630 points)

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