To assess the relationship between birthweight and the child's development at 18 months of age, we sent a postal questionnaire to the parents of 861 singleton children, born in the framework of the Italian Study of Aspirin in Pregnancy, 18 months after delivery. A total of 623 (72.4%) were returned. There were 94 children weighing <2500-1500 g at birth and 19 <1500 g. Children with weight and height less than the 10th percentile at 18 months were significantly more frequent in the low birthweight group (p <0.01). Motor problems were about six times more common in children with birthweight less than 2500 g than in those with birthweight > or = 2500 g (p <0.001). A larger proportion of children with birthweight <2500 g than > or = 2500 g had respiratory problems (15% vs 11%, p = ns). Finally admission to hospital was more common in children with birthweight less than 2500 g (p <0.01). This study confirms the differences in growth and development for children in low and normal birthweight groups.
|Translated title of the contribution||Follow-up of children included in the Italian Study on the Use of Low-Dose Aspirin During Pregnancy: development at 18 months of life and birth weight|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Pediatria Medica e Chirurgica|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health