Premature Twin Girls

by Rachel
(United Kingdom )

I have premature twin girls. They were born 12 weeks prematurely. They are now 14 months old. The youngest is crawling and sitting un-aided. The older one is barely rolling she can't support her head very well and it always leans to one side.


Everytime I put her on the floor to try and encorage her she will start crying. And if I sit her up in between my legs to help her sit up she will cry untill I pick her up and put her over my sholder. She is much smaller than her sister now. She was only 4 oz smaller than her at birth.

I am concerned at her development as she is over a year now and I can't see her catching up anytime soon. I was wondering if you can suggest any learning techniques, toys or other tips that you could recomend to help. Is her development is a cause for concern?

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Twin Girls
by: Anonymous

Premature birth holds a number of risks. Personally, I would be concerned. If you have 2 children and one is growing and thriving at a different pace than the other, I would address that with your Doctor.

If there are some developmental delays they can start to be addressed now rather then later when the problem might be harder to overcome. I think when you have a preemie you should be ever mindful of that at least at this young age. The effects of premature birth can be noticed long after birth. My son was born at 28 weeks. He was 1lb 12ozs. I suffered from Placenta Previa and could just not carry him any longer. He was in the hospital for 3 months after his birth. But has never been back to the hospital since. But, a couple years ago when he was 11 he was diagnosed as being Autistic. Then last summer at 13 he developed epilepsy. Often Autistic children (commonly boys) will develop seizures when they enter puberty. So it is something to always remember and keep in mind.

I think the key point of my post is to not forget they are at risk due to premature birth. But, certainly do not let yourself go crazy over it either. Good luck with your lovely girls!

Twin Girls
by: Anonymous

I was reading your twin girls concern. My daughter will be 14months this week and was also born 12 weeks early. She only started crwaling in the past two weeks and standing for a few seconds this week. I don't stress as the most important issue is that she is healthy. Most importantly, don't compare her to other babies!

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