Postnatal Growth of Preterm and Full-Term Infants

  • Ingeborg Brandt
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 30)


The characteristic of growth in infancy is its high velocity. It can be assessed properly only by repeated measurements at regular intervals in longitudinal studies. In this paper stress is laid on the growth in head circumference because of its close correlation with brain development during the first 2 years of life and because of its small variability among different ethnic groups or geographic regions (Nellhaus, 1975). In addition to general growth patterns, catch-up growth in the head circumference of small for gestational age (SGA) preterm infants will be discussed.


Preterm Infant Head Circumference Growth Velocity Brain Weight Postnatal Growth 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingeborg Brandt
    • 1
  1. 1.University Children’s Hospital BonnBonn 1Germany, F.R.

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