Growth patterns and their implications for preterm infants in a culture of rapid modernization

Title
Growth patterns and their implications for preterm infants in a culture of rapid modernization
Authors
손민; 안영미
Keywords
Body weight, growth, head circumference, Korean culture, length, premature infants, preterm birth
Issue Date
2013
Publisher
JOURNAL OF CHILD HEALTH CARE
Series/Report no.
JOURNAL OF CHILD HEALTH CARE ; Vol17 no.3 Startpage 242 Endpage 252
Abstract
This prospective longitudinal study explored the growth patterns of preterm infants and the implications of rearing them in an advancing culture. The study measured the weight, length, and head circumference of 343 Korean preterm infants over 12 months corrected age. Data were analyzed using a generalized estimation equation for growth patterns of preterm infants by the degree of prematurity (mild, moderate, or severe). Results showed that the early ‘catch-up phenomenon’, accelerated growth rate, occurred around 11 months corrected age, although the mild preterm group weighed less, was shorter, and had a smaller head circumference than the moderate and severe preterm groups. This may reflect the Asian culture’s preference for big babies and draws special attention to the influence of cultural values and childrearing practices in the growth of preterm infants. Pediatric nurses should be alert to accelerated growth in preterm infants in societies in cultural transition.
URI
http://dspace.inha.ac.kr/handle/10505/33280
ISSN
1367-4935
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Medical School/College of Medicine (의학전문대학원/의과대학) > Nursing (간호학) > Journal Papers, Reports(간호학 논문, 보고서)
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