Postnatal growth in infants born between 700 and 1,500 g

J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 1993 Feb;16(2):130-5. doi: 10.1097/00005176-199302000-00006.


Our purpose was to examine postnatal growth in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants (n = 54). A high frequency of intrauterine growth retardation was noted that was corrected by plotting birth weight against crown-heel length and not gestational age. No differences in postnatal growth were noted between infants whose size was appropriate for gestational age (n = 37) and those small for gestational age (n = 17). Overall, growth tended to exceed that previously published. Weight but not length or head gain was less in the smaller (< or = 1,000 g) when compared to the larger (> 1,000 g) VLBW infant. Poorer weight gain could not be related to more "illness" or less nutrient intake in the smaller infants.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aging / physiology
  • Birth Weight
  • Body Height
  • Body Weight
  • Cephalometry
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Infant, Low Birth Weight / growth & development*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature / growth & development*
  • Regression Analysis
  • Weight Gain