In his first four years of life, Thomas Anthony History Gambler appears to be developing a normal developmental pattern for babies. His parents report that they noticed that he became fussy more often than other babies and began crying more than usual when he was held by his mother.
The parents reported that he often acted like he was asleep during the day and that he slept soundly when he was brought to bed, but woke when he sat up. He didn’t seem to be bothered by loud noises that normally most affected babies.
His toddler’s eyes were closed when he drank from a cup of warm milk. He appeared to not be hungry for most of the day and did not eat solid food until the next morning. And yet, he ate quickly and fully, as most toddlers do wedeqq.
His heart rate was normal and although he was kept in the dark about his genetic testing results, he did tell his parents that he didn’t want to be tested for diabetes. He seemed to have no trouble breathing or feeling cold.
His diet consisted of the same foods his other babies got and seemed to have different diapers on his different clothes. But he was not preterm, as most preterm babies are. That is the most difficult part of learning what caused his premature birth.
His parents were very surprised to learn that his birth was not certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and had to be reported to the National Center for Health Statistics. A search of the NICHD Birth Registry for babies born before 37 weeks resulted in no information on this baby, despite his birth in an incubator.
His parents were dismayed that doctors had failed to detect that he had problems and did not recommend that he be tested for heart disease or diabetes. According to the National Institutes of Health, “Recent research has shown that most health problems, including heart disease, occur as a result of lifestyle factors, not medical conditions.”
Nevertheless, the NICHD recommends a complete physical exam, and every newborn should be checked for heart and lung defects, but there is no standard for dealing with genetic testing results, so there is nothing that the child’s doctor can do at that point. His parents continue to seek answers to the question of why their son was born premature. Some babies born early have no long-term complications, but these babies might also be at risk for infections or conditions such as lung disease, developmental delays, or kidney disease.
His parents are concerned that there may be genetic defects in their child’s genes that they were unaware of, and that they will need to monitor him in the future. They think they may need to add height to his developmental chart or use developmental charts for other conditions, such as vision or hearing loss, to help them make a positive assessment of his long-term health.
They are grateful that they did not have to go through the stress of their son’s premature birth if he did not have any genetic problems, and that they don’t have to learn whether he will need to have further medical tests or be screened for cancer or other life-threatening conditions. His early diagnosis means that his doctors can get him treated earlier, which also saves them from paying out for expensive tests that might not turn up any information.
His parents hope that the parents of all future babies will learn how to properly care for premature babies to avoid the risks associated with diagnosing a premature baby with certain conditions that they were unaware of. This will ensure that no parent ever has to suffer from knowing that their baby was born too early.
Thomas Anthony History Gambler has now been diagnosed with Klinefelter’s syndrome, a condition that usually does not cause any symptoms, but that can be potentially dangerous for premature babies, and that is genetic. He will likely continue to grow and be active, but the causes of his premature birth remain a mystery.