Gestational age at birth and morbidity, mortality, and growth in the first 4 years of life: Findings from three birth cohorts in Southern Brazil

Fernando C. Barros, José Luis D Rossello, Alicia Matijasevich, Samuel C. Dumith, Aluisio J D Barros, Iná S. dos Santos, Denise Mota, Cesar G. Victora

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Abstract

Background: We assessed anthropometric status, breastfeeding duration, morbidity, and mortality outcomes during the first four years of life according to gestational age, in three population-based birth cohorts in the city of Pelotas, Southern Brazil.Methods: Total breastfeeding duration, neonatal mortality, infant morbidity and mortality, and anthropometric measures taken at 12 and 48 months were evaluated in children of different gestational ages born in 1982, 1993 and 2004 in Southern Brazil.Results: Babies born 41 weeks) are well known. In our population babies born at 37 also present increased risk. As the proportion of preterm and early term babies has increased markedly in recent years, this is a cause for great concern.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number169
JournalBMC Pediatrics
Volume12
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 31 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Early term births
  • Gestational age
  • Infant mortality
  • Neonatal mortality
  • Post-term births
  • Preterm births

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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