Persistent infection risk for early-term babies

Babies born even slightly early or too small have an increased risk of severe infections throughout childhood, WA researchers have shown.

Children born with reduced gestational age or low birthweight have increased rates of infection-related mortality and hospital admissions through adolescence to the age of 18, according to a population-based analysis of almost 720,000 babies born in WA from 1980-2011.

And in new findings, researchers from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Perth's Telethon Kids Institute found that the increased infection risk affected children born even slightly