Journal article

Gait Characteristics of Children Born Preterm.

Reem A Albesher, Alicia J Spittle, Jennifer L McGinley, Fiona L Dobson

Neoreviews | Published : 2019


Walking is a central skill of daily living. A delay in the onset of walking can be a sign of abnormal motor development. Further, abnormalities in gait can also affect physical functioning. Children born preterm are at significant risk for neurodevelopmental impairments; however, little is known about how preterm birth affects walking. This review describes current evidence of walking in children born preterm with a focus on the age at onset of walking and comparisons of gait characteristics of children born preterm with those born full-term.