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Morbidity during the first year of life in small for gestational age infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8795353     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Postneonatal morbidity during infancy was studied in 284 small for gestational age (SGA) and 359 non-SGA term infants. None of these babies had congenital malformations and they were born to para 1 and para 2 mothers. SGA infants had an increased risk (OR: 1.7, 95% confidence interval: 1.1-2.6) of being admitted to hospital compared with non-SGA infants. The principal cause was respiratory tract infections. Increased hospitalisation among SGA infants was a factor only if the mother was a smoker-that is, smoked cigarettes at the time of conception. Among subgroups of SGA babies, there was an increased risk for infants of non-repeaters (women without a previous SGA child) (OR: 2.4, 95% CI: 1.4-3.8) and for infants with symmetric (OR: 2.0, 95% CI: 1.2-3.3) body proportions compared with non-SGA infants. The results suggest that, beginning in early pregnancy, growth retardation may have long term consequences for subsequent infant morbidity, particularly if the mother is smoker.
T Vik; L Vatten; T Markestad; G Ahlsten; G Jacobsen; L S Bakketeig
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of disease in childhood. Fetal and neonatal edition     Volume:  75     ISSN:  1359-2998     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Dis. Child. Fetal Neonatal Ed.     Publication Date:  1996 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-10-10     Completed Date:  1996-10-10     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9501297     Medline TA:  Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  F33-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital, University of Trondheim, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Body Weight
Follow-Up Studies
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Small for Gestational Age*
Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects
Prospective Studies
Respiratory Tract Infections / therapy*
Risk Factors
Smoking / adverse effects
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