by season (1416 Posts), Wed Mar 10, 2004 03:08 pm
It's not necessarily that preemies have a temper, but that they have sensory issues and thus may upset more easily. Since they are early preemies still need to devope their central nervous system, and while it's underdeveloped it can make them touchier, not to mention that many go on to have long term sensory issues. It's very easy to overstimulate a FT infant, and even easier to do so to a preemie, especially one who was used to a specific environment (defined by the NICU, esp those with a longer stay.)
The odd thing though is that this is not always easy to see. My ds 34 weeker, seemed quite happy in highly stimulating environments, but he often fell apart afterward. I think now that he had too much stimuli and then when it was taken away he couldn't decompress well.
ds Ezekiel 1/2/02 (34wks due to pre-e)
#2 EDD 7/6/04