Journal Article

Growth of Very Low Birth Weight Infants at 12 Months Corrected Age in Southern Brazil

Mariana G. Oliveira, Rita C. Silveira and Renato S. Procianoy

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 54, issue 1, pages 36-42
Published in print February 2008 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online December 2007 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmm103
Growth of Very Low Birth Weight Infants at 12 Months Corrected Age in Southern Brazil

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The objective of this article is to describe growth of very low birth weight infants born in southern Brazil. All infants weighing ≤1500 g were followed up until 12 months corrected age (CA). Growth was recorded at 40 weeks, 6 and 12 months CA. Catch up was considered if the measures were ≥−2 SD of World Health Organization growth charts for weight and length; and of National Center for Health Statistics for head circumference. One hundred and ninety three infants born were followed up for the study. At 40 weeks CA, 57.8% patients achieved catch-up in weight and 50.9% in length. At 6 months CA, 82.2% achieved catch-up for weight and length and at 1 year CA, 92% achieved catch-up in weight and 86.9% in length. Catch-up in head circumference was achieved for 93.4%, 85.9% and 85% patients at 40 weeks, 6 months and 12 months CA, respectively. At 12 months CA, no catch-up in weight, length and head circumference was related to higher SNAPPE-II (P = 0.046) and periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) (P = 0.003); longer time to achieve full enteral nutrition at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) (P = 0.037), lower maternal education (P = 0.018) and PVL (P = 0,003); higher SNAPPE-II (P = 0,004), PVL (P = 0.005) and longer time to achieve full enteral nutrition at the NICU (P = 0.044), respectively. In conclusion, PVL and higher SNAPPE-II were important factors to catch-up delay. Catch-up growth was high at 12 months CA.

Keywords: very low birth weight; follow-up; growth; catch-up

Journal Article.  3323 words. 

Subjects: Paediatrics

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