Follow-up study of small-for-dates babies.Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.6023.1435 (Published 12 June 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:1435
- R Fancourt,
- S Campbell,
- D Harvey,
- A P Norman
A group of small-for-dates full-term babies whose intra-uterine growth was followed by serial ultrasonic cephalometry were examined at a mean age of 4 years. Those children whose skull growth had begun to slow in utero before 34 weeks' menstrual age were more likely to have a height and weight less than the 10th centile. When the onset of growth failure had occurred before 26 weeks there was a lower developmental quotient at follow-up using the Griffiths extended scales. Prolonged slow growth in utero therefore seems to be followed by slow growth and development after birth.