Growth monitoring of low birthweight infants: what references to use?

Tudehope, David, Gibbons, Kristen, Cormack, Barbara and Bloomfield, Frank (2012) Growth monitoring of low birthweight infants: what references to use?. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 48 9: 759-767.


Author Tudehope, David
Gibbons, Kristen
Cormack, Barbara
Bloomfield, Frank
Title Growth monitoring of low birthweight infants: what references to use?
Journal name Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1034-4810
1440-1754
Publication date 2012-09
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2012.02534.x
Volume 48
Issue 9
Start page 759
End page 767
Total pages 9
Place of publication West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Growth charts are the mainstay of monitoring growth in babies who were born small or preterm. A variety of different charts are available, each with specific limitations. Most birthweight centile charts underestimate growth restriction in preterm babies and there are few good charts for monitoring longitudinal growth in preterm babies; it is important to be aware of the limitations of using cross-sectional data for monitoring longitudinal growth. Customised centile charts of fetal growth are used increasingly for antenatal monitoring for small-for-gestational age fetuses despite a lack of robust evidence. It is also unclear whether customised centile charts should be used for assessing birthweight, particularly in babies born at term. Faltering post-natal growth in preterm babies is very common but need not be universal with close attention to nutrition. Monitoring of growth trajectories through infancy following either fetal growth restriction or post-natal faltering growth is important to ensure proportional growth, particularly during periods of accelerated growth. This review will discuss these issues in the context of current practice in Australia and New Zealand.
Keyword Customised growth chart
Growth assessment
Growth chart
Preterm infant
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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