Journal article

The association of growth impairment with neurodevelopmental outcome at eight years of age in very preterm children

Erick Kan, Gehan Roberts, Peter J Anderson, Lex W Doyle

EARLY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The relative contributions of poor growth before and after birth in very preterm infants to subsequent outcomes at school-age are not certain. AIMS: To determine the associations between weight and head circumference, at birth and postnatally, with cognitive, academic and motor outcomes at age 8 years for very preterm children free of neurosensory impairment. STUDY DESIGN: This was a regional cohort study from the state of Victoria, Australia. SUBJECTS: 179 very preterm infants (<28 weeks' gestational age) born in 1991 and 1992 who were free of neurosensory impairment. OUTCOME MEASURES: At 8 years of age children had cognitive, academic and motor assessments. Weight and head circ..

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