Littlest Babies Damaged by Infection
November 17, 2004 -- Extremely low birth weight infants are at high risk for developmental impairments if they have an infection during the newborn period, according to a new report appearing today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The extremely low birth weight infants in this study weighed 1000 g (2.2 lbs) or less. The developmental impairments they tended to suffer following infection included cerebral palsy and diminished intelligence as well as decreased physical growth.
There is a need for increased excellence in preventing infection in these very vulnerable babies. We are doing better in saving their lives. We must do better in protecting them from lasting disabilities.