Health, growth, and use of community services in NICU graduates at early school age

Linda L. Lindeke, Maria M. Mills, Michael K. Georgieff, Mary E. Tanner, Penny M. Wrbsky

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Purpose: To examine outcomes related to health, growth, and use of community health and education services in children ages 6 to 8 years who received hewborn intensive care because of prematurity or perinatal complications. Method: Parents of 81 children who had received neonatal intensive care at a Midwest US tertiary care center completed a mailed questionnaire Three birth weight groups (very low birth weight [VLBW] < 1500 g, n = 35; low birth wieght [LBW] 1501-2500 g, n = 24, and normal birth weight [NBW]>2500 g, n = 22) were compared regarding growth, health, and use of community-based services using descriptive statisics and one-way analysis of variance. Findings: VLBW and NBW groups had more ongoing health concerns. Growth patterns were similar in all groups. VLBW and NBW groups demonstrated greater use of community-based services, and service use increased at school age. Conclusions: Comprehensive systems are needed for follow-up of high-risk infants to detect and refer problems early. Neonatal histories must be tracked throughout childhood. Seriously ill term NBW infants are at risk for later morbidity and require follow-up similar to that provided for VLBW children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-304
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


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