Late preterm infants have greater risk for respiratory diseases

07/28/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Researchers found that late preterm babies, or those born between 34 and 37 weeks of gestation, were at increased risk of suffering respiratory distress syndrome and other severe breathing problems compared with full-term infants. The finding supports "the recommendation that every effort should be made to delay delivery of infants until at least 38 weeks' gestational age to decrease respiratory morbidity," the researchers said.

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