Gestational age may predict infant's hospitalization risk for respiratory problems

11/18/2013 |

In an analysis of data on more than 300,000 infants, researchers found that those born before 33 weeks of gestation were more likely than term babies to be hospitalized for a respiratory condition during their first year of life. Acute upper respiratory tract infection and acute bronchiolitis were the most common respiratory ailments that required emergency hospitalization. The study in the journal Pediatrics also found that babies who were born very underweight and those who were not breast-fed had a slightly higher risk of being admitted for respiratory illness.

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