Table 1

Very preterm infant characteristics

CharacteristicsVP infants
n=34
Mean (SD)
Median
(IQR)
PMA at assessment (weeks)30.7 (1.1)31
(30–32)
Gestational age at birth (weeks)27.6 (1.4)27.8
(26.6–28.7)
Birth weight (g)1071 (225)1031
(896–1220)
n (%)
Birth weight ≤2 SD1 (3)
Male16 (47)
Multiple births14 (41)
Maternal antenatal corticosteroids30 (88)
Postnatal corticosteroids0/26 (0)
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia*11 (32)
Necrotising enterocolitis1 (3)
Sepsis16 (47)
Intraventricular haemorrhage grade I/II9 (26)
Intraventricular haemorrhage grade III/IV1 (3)
Cystic periventricular leukomalacia0 (0)
Surgery prior to hospital discharge0 (0)
Higher social risk17/30 (57)
  • IQR, 25th–75th centiles; median, 50th centile.

  • *Oxygen dependent at 36 weeks' PMA.

  • PMA, postmenstrual age; VP, very preterm.