Skip to comments.NIH Study Reveals Factors That Influence Premature Infant Survival, Disability
Posted on 04/17/2008 10:38:07 PM PDT by stickman20089
The researchers published their findings in the April 17 New England Journal of Medicine. In addition to gestational age, factors influencing survival and risk of disability consisted of: whether the baby is male or female (sex); birthweight; whether the baby was a single baby, or one of two or more infants born; and whether the baby's mother was given medication during pregnancy to prompt the development of the baby's lungs. Known as antenatal steroids, these drugs are typically given to women in premature labor, or who are at known risk for giving birth prematurely.
After conducting mathematical analyses of all the infants' cases, the researchers determined that infants were more likely to survive and more likely to survive without disability if they were of older gestational age, their mothers had been given corticosteroids, if they were female, were single born rather than part of a multiple birth, and been of a higher birthweight.
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