The growth of low-birth-weight children

Acta Paediatr. 1992 Apr;81(4):311-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1992.tb12232.x.


The growth of 171 seven-year-old children, free from major disability, with a birth weight of 2000 g or less was examined and compared with that of their own parents and of normal-birth-weight peers. Measurements included height, weight, occipitofrontal circumference, biparietal, occipitofrontal and bi-iliac diameters, triceps and subscapular skinfold thickness. Low-birth-weight children were shorter than their parents whereas those of normal birth weight were taller. For all parameters, particularly weight, the low-birth-weight children were significantly less well grown. There was no significant relationship between occipitofrontal circumference and intellectual ability.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anthropometry
  • Birth Weight
  • Body Height
  • Body Weight
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Growth Disorders / diagnosis
  • Growth Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Low Birth Weight*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • London / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Parents
  • Risk Factors
  • Skinfold Thickness