Medicine in the evening: the place of very premature premature babies – News from Heidelberg

Johannes Pöschl. Photo: private

By Birgit Sommer

Heidelberg. Premature babies should not become problematic children. In order to allow tiny creatures to mature at best outside the womb, Heidelberg Neonatology has developed a comprehensive concept for this purpose. Severe brain haemorrhage is more rare in children's hospitals than anywhere else in the world. Professor Johannes Pöschl, medical director of the neonatology clinic, explains the concept at the next event "Medicine in the evening" on Wednesday 10 July. University Hospital and RNZ invite to.

In Germany, about 66,000 children are born each year before the beginning of the 37th week of pregnancy. Heidelberg specializes in the care of fetuses weighing less than 1500 grams and less than 32 weeks old. Four months before the date of birth – according to Pöschl, the survival limit is reached.

Even the construction of a new hospital for women and children has created the best conditions for the care of premature babies, because mothers, or even parents, can live there with babies. Up to the exit at the calculated birth date. They can wash, take care of them, breastfeed, talk to them and maintain close physical contact. Although hugs are allowed only from the 28th week. "It is already painful for children," says Professor Pöschl.

The neonatologist will report milestones that have revolutionized the treatment of premature babies: the administration of stress hormones before birth, which doubles the chances of survival and halves the risk of disability. The protein for lung maturation. Or the drops of caffeine which, according to Pöschl, have many positive effects and are administered at a concentration equivalent to 30 expressi per day in adults.

In the film, the speaker will show what it looks like when a stress relief situation is created for the little ones at the Heidelberg Hospital, which is very important for their prosperity. And he says, what are the long-term consequences for the premature baby? "Motor or mental limitations can be significantly improved with appropriate support," he says. But the head of the clinic also knows a ten-year-old child who won a prize in mathematics.

Info: Prof. Johannes Pöschl: "Born too early – the best chances thanks to medicine and modern care", Wednesday 10 July at 7 pm, conference room of the main clinic, Im Neuenheimer Feld 400.