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Journal of Human Growth and Development

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GALLO, Paulo Rogério; LEONE, Claudio  e  AMIGO, Hugo. Growth trend of infants of adolescents mothers. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2009, vol.19, n.2, pp. 297-305. ISSN 0104-1282.

OBJETIVE: to compare the growth of children of adolescent mothers with that of children of adult mothers in the first two years of life. METHODS: A historical cohort study, carried out between 1998 and 2000, comparing the growth of 2 groups of children from birth to two years. One group is constituted by children of adolescent mothers (n=127) and the other, by children of adult mothers (n=181). Both groups were regularly monitored in two Basic Health Units of the University of São Paulo, which attend a typical target group that seeks assistance in public health services. The weight and length data were analyzed in Z scores (NCHS/WHO). Growth curves for each child were modeled based on regression equations from birth up to two years of age. RESULTS: At birth and at 24 months of age, the groups were anthropometrically similar, but their measures were below the NCHS referential data (p<0.001). However, throughout the two years the two groups showed a different growth rhythm, with the growth deficit presented by the adolescents' children being manifested by a tendency for distancing from the referential data (p=0.0008). CONCLUSION: The children of adolescent mothers have a worse growth performance compared with that of the children of adult mothers in the first two years of life.

Palavras-chave : mother; adolescent; disabled children; stature by age.

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