Morbidities and follow-up of admitted late preterm infants

Bandi Ramya, Basanth Kumar G.R, Guruprasad G.


Background: The objective of the study was to document the neonatal morbidities in late preterm infants admitted to tertiary care newborn centre.

Methods: Observational prospective case series study. All late preterm infants during the study period of one year were included. Descriptive statistics and analysis of the morbidities was done. A follow up of 6 months was done to assess growth and development.

Results: 100 infants were studied. The admission complaints were respiratory distress (32%), low birth weight care (31%), jaundice (15%), feeding difficulties & lethargy (5%). morbidities included jaundice (68%), hypoglycaemia (38%), septicaemia (24%), respiratory distress syndrome (20%) & transient tachypnea of newborn (15%). 55% of infants with subnormal head growth were identified in follow-up.

Conclusions: The most common cause for admission was respiratory distress (32%) within 48 hours of life and jaundice later. Most common morbidity was jaundice (68%).Most of the morbidities could be effectively treated with timely care. Follow up of these infants for early identification and treatment of problems is imperative.


Late preterm infants, Neonatal morbidities, Follow up

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