CLINICS

Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2017 January; 72(1): 17-22.
doi:10.6061/clinics/2017(01)04

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Late preterm infants’ motor development until term age

Viviane Martins Santos I , Cibelle Kayenne Martins Roberto Formiga II , Paulo Roberto Bezerra de Mello III * , Cléa Rodrigues Leone IV

Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso, Hospital Universitário Júlio Müller, Cuiabá/MT, Brazil

Universidade Estadual de Goiás, Faculdade de Educação Física e Fisioterapia, Goiania/GO, Brazil

Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Departamento de Pediatria, Cuiabá/MT, Brazil

Universidade de São Paulo, Departamento de Pediatria, São Paulo/SP, Brazil

*Corresponding author. E-mail: prbmello@uol.com.br

received July 17, 2016; revised October 17, 2016; accepted October 17, 2016.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To analyze the motor development of late preterm newborn infants (LPI) from birth to term-corrected age using the Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP) and to compare the obtained results with those of term infants at birth.

METHODS:

Prospective cohort study, 29 late preterm newborn infants were evaluated by the TIMP at birth and every two weeks until term-corrected age. The TIMP was administered to 88 term infants at birth.

RESULTS:

The mean TIMP score of late preterm newborn infants was 51.9±5.8 at 34–35 weeks and 62.6±5.2 at 40 weeks. There was a significant increase at 38–39 weeks in the LPI group (p<0.05). There were no significant differences in the motor evaluations between term infants at birth and LPI at the equivalent age.

CONCLUSION:

The LPI presented a gradual progression of motor development until the term-corrected age, but differences with term infants at birth were not detected.

Keywords: Motor Skills, Infant Premature, Child Development, Early Diagnosis, Cohort Studies


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