A 32-year-old female asked:
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for a baby born at 35weeks + 3days who is lifting head, smiling and seems to be reaching milestones on time, does "adjusted" age have to be used?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Not after a few...: Not after the first few months. That's because term babies reach their milestones at their own pace, different from one another, so a 35 1/2 week "mild preemie" will reach milestones around the same time that some of the term babies will reach those milestones. However, it's good to tell any new doctors that the baby was a 35 1/2 weeker (until the baby is walking and talking).
Answered on Dec 28, 2013
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Corrected age is : used by Early Intervention Programs, Developmental/Behavioral Pediatricians & pediatric neurologists for length, weight, weight-for- length, head circumference & attainment of developmental milestones until age 2 because it gives the most accurate picture of velocity of growth in these parameters. If overall development remains advanced for corrected age that'll be great. See HealthyChildren.org
Answered on Jun 11, 2014

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