Friday, October 5, 2012

Late Preterm Infants and the Effect of Needing Intensive Care on Their Growth and Development

We are all well aware of the subtle and not so subtle developmental and growth issues associated with being a late preterm infant. But what happens if you add neonatal intensive care into the mix for a newborn late preterm infant? McGowan et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-0745) address this question by studying 225 late preterm infants born in 2006 and comparing those who needed intensive care with those who did not in terms of their growth and development at 3 years of age. The results are more reassuring than you might expect, so give this study a critical and careful read to see what develops from the data they share — and then share these results with the families of late preterm infants who are currently or have recently been in the neonatal intensive care unit.