alexa Growth and fatness at three to six years of age of children born small- or large-for-gestational age.


Journal of Neonatal Biology

Author(s): Hediger ML, Overpeck MD, McGlynn A, Kuczmarski RJ, Maurer KR,

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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To compare young children 3 to 6 years of age who were born small-for-gestational age (SGA; <10th percentile for gestational age) or large-for-gestational age (LGA; >/=90th percentile) with those who were born appropriate-for-gestational age (10th-89th percentile) to determine whether there are differences in growth and fatness in early childhood associated with birth weight status. DESIGN AND METHODS: National sample of 3192 US-born non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Mexican-American children 3 to 6 years of age (36-83 months) examined in the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and for whom birth certificates were obtained. On the birth certificates, length of gestation from the mother's last menstrual period was examined for completeness, validity, and whether the pattern of missing (n = 141) and invalid data (n = 147) on gestation was random. Gestation was considered invalid when >44 weeks, or when at gestations of This article was published in Pediatrics and referenced in Journal of Neonatal Biology

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