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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2015 Apr;62(2):439-51. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2014.11.007.

Management of the late preterm infant: not quite ready for prime time.

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Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center, Albany Medical College, MC-101, Albany, NY 12208, USA. Electronic address:


Preterm births account for 12.5% of all births in the United States. The preterm birth rate has increased by 33% over the last 2 decades. Late and premature infants do not develop the serious and chronic conditions of the extreme premature infant. However, there is growing evidence that these infants are not as healthy as previously thought and do in fact have an increase in morbidity and mortality compared with term infants. This article summarizes the epidemiology of late preterm infants and the associated morbidities associated with their prematurity.


Body temperature regulation; Feeding difficulties; Hypoglycemia; Late preterm; Near term; Respiratory immaturity

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