Postnatal growth of children born small for gestational age

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A large, population‐based representative study (n = 3656) has shown that the vast majority of healthy, full‐term, singleton infants born small for gestational age (SGA) achieve catch‐up growth during the first 2 years of life. Indeed, most of the increase in height SDS occurs by 2 months of age. Children born SGA who do not show postnatal catch‐up growth and so remain short at 2 years of age, have a higher risk of short stature (< −2 SDS) in later life, with a relative risk at 18 years of age of 5.2 if born light and of 7.1 if born short. □ Small for gestational age, postnatal growth, catch‐up growth, final height, population study

Document Type: Review Article


Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, University of Göteborg, Göteborg, Sweden; Department of Paediatrics, Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, PR China

Publication date: November 1, 1997

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