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Growth outcomes for Australian Aboriginal children aged 11 years who were born with intrauterine growth retardation at term gestation

Sayers, Susan, Mackerras, Dorothy, Halpin, Stephen and Singh, Gurmeet (2007). Growth outcomes for Australian Aboriginal children aged 11 years who were born with intrauterine growth retardation at term gestation. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology,21(5):411-417.

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Title Growth outcomes for Australian Aboriginal children aged 11 years who were born with intrauterine growth retardation at term gestation
Author Sayers, Susan
Mackerras, Dorothy
Halpin, Stephen
Singh, Gurmeet
Journal Name Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 21
Issue Number 5
ISSN 0269-5022   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 411
End Page 417
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication UK
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Long-term poor growth outcomes are well documented for intrauterine growth-retarded babies (IUGR) in developed populations but there is a paucity of IUGR studies from disadvantaged populations where the greatest burden of IUGR occurs. Using a Northern Territory, Aboriginal cohort recruited at birth and followed up at a mean age of 11.4 years, comparisons of body size were made between children born at term who had been IUGR (n = 121) and those non-IUGR (n = 341), and between those IUGR babies who had an appropriate ponderal index at birth (n = 72) and those with a low ponderal index (n = 49). Compared with non-IUGR children, at follow-up the IUGR children were almost 2 cm shorter (P = 0.10), 4 kg lighter (P < 0.01) and their head circumferences were almost a 1 cm smaller (P < 0.01). For the 121 term IUGR children, there were no significant differences in growth outcomes according to ponderal index measures at birth. These findings from an Australian Aboriginal sample are consistent with other comparisons of IUGR and non-IUGR children in developed populations and suggest there may be no additional effects of IUGR on growth in childhood for disadvantaged populations similar to the Aboriginal population in the Northern Territory.
Keywords child growth
IUGR
birthweight-for-gestation
birth ponderal index
childhood height
childhood weight
fetal growth
birth weight
full term
morbidity
infants
adolescence
diagnosis
pressure
size
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3016.2007.00852.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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