Growth patterns in preterm infants born appropriate for gestational age

Dodrill, P., Cleghorn, Geoffrey J., Donovan, T., & Davies, P. (2008) Growth patterns in preterm infants born appropriate for gestational age. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 44(6), pp. 332-337.

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Aim: This study aimed to document the growth patterns of a contemporary cohort of preterm infants born appropriate for gestational age (AGA). It was hypothesised that preterm AGA (PT-AGA) infants would display poorer growth than full-term AGA (FT-AGA) infants. Methods: Sixty-four PT-AGA infants and 64 FT-AGA infants were assessed at 0, 4, 8 and 12 months of corrected age (CA). Measurements of weight and length were recorded at each of the specified ages. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention growth data were used to calculate Z-scores for weight and length based on CA. Results: The mean length and weight Z-scores of PT-AGA infants were found to be significantly less than those of FT-AGA infants at term, 4, 8 and 12 months of CA (P < 0.001). The mean weight Z-score of PT-AGA infants was found to be less than their mean length Z-score at each time point, though the differences were not significant. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that PT-AGA infants are likely to display poorer growth than FT-AGA infants until at least 1 year of CA. Long-term growth monitoring in this population is recommended. © 2008 The Authors.

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ID Code: 89308
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Cited By :13
Export Date: 1 September 2015
Correspondence Address: Dodrill, P.; Children's Nutrition Research Centre, Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, QLD 4029, Australia; email:
Keywords: Growth, Infant, Preterm, article, body height, body weight, child growth, female, gestational age, growth curve, growth retardation, human, major clinical study, male, newborn morbidity, prematurity, priority journal, Analysis of Variance, Breast Feeding, Case-Control Studies, Cohort Studies, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Infant, Premature
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2007.01269.x
ISSN: 1034-4810
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2015 01:02
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2015 03:51

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