Adaptations of the Newborn to Extrauterine Life
The word ‘neonatal’ is used to define the first 28 days of extrauterine life. It is during this period that the majority of infant deaths occur. However, the term has no special physiological significance as many of the changes required for extrauterine life follow a different time course; some occur at birth whereas others are more protracted and take place over a period of weeks or months.
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