Journal of Pediatric Biochemistry 2016; 06(03): 156-158
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1597815
Original Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

The Postnatal Growth Delay in Preterm Infants and Survey of the Risk Factors

Olena Starets
1   Odessa National Medical University, Odessa, Ukraine
Tetiana Khimenko
2   Department of Pediatrics, Odessa National Medical University, Odessa, Ukraine
Veronica Mykhaylenko
3   Odessa Regional Charitable Rehabilitation Foundation for Handicapped Children “Futurum,” Odessa, Ukraine
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Publication History

11 April 2016

24 November 2016

Publication Date:
29 December 2016 (online)


The aim was to analyze the factors that are associated with growth delay (GD) and malnutrition in preterm infants during the first year of life. The trial included 150 preterm children. The data of life history and anthropometry were studied. The trial showed statistically significant correlation of GD in preterm babies with intrauterine growth restriction, prolonged respiratory care and tube feeding, formula feeding, anemia of prematurity, and severe asphyxia at birth. To optimize health care in preterm infants, it is necessary to consider the factors that correlate with GD and give the recommendations how to prevent or treat pathological and deficit conditions.

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