Preemies Have Tough Time Catching Up

And while the girls clearly faired better, Hack says the periods of rapid growth spurts necessary to bring them up to speed might be associated with an increased risk of diabetes or heart disease later in life. Indeed, previous studies have shown that children who experience accelerated growth may have an increased risk of these problems.

More information: To learn more about very low birth weight and premature birth visit the Nemours Foundation. For information on the proper growth rates for children, check out the Magic Foundation.

Maureen Hack, M.D., ChB, Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland; David Horwitz, M.D., clinical associate professor, pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine, New York City; July 2003 Pediatrics

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