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Weight Growth of Triplet Infants From Birth to Twelve Years of Age

  • Yoshie Yokoyama (a1), Janne Pitkäniemi (a2), Jaakko Kaprio (a2) (a3) (a4) and Karri Silventoinen (a5)

Abstract

We analyzed the characteristics associated with the growth in weight of Japanese triplets from birth to 12 years of age. The study included 376 mothers and their 1,128 triplet children, who were born between 1978 and 2006. Data were collected through a mailed questionnaire sent to the mothers asking for information recorded in medical records. For these births, data on triplets’ weight growth, gestational age, sex, parity, maternal age at delivery, maternal height, and maternal body mass index were obtained from records in the Maternal and Child Health Handbooks and records in the school where children receive health check-ups. The weight deficit of the triplets compared to the general population of Japan remained between 10% and 17% until 12 years of age. Moreover, at 12 years of age, the differences of weight between the general population and triplets were approximately –4.75 kg for boys and –6.00 kg for girls. Very low birth weight had the strongest contribution to body weight until 8 years of age. After 8 years of age, maternal body mass index was a significant factor affecting the weight of triplets until 12 years of age.

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address for correspondence: Yoshie Yokoyama, Department of Community Health Nursing, Osaka City University, 1-5-17 Asahi-machi, Abeno-ku, Osaka 545-0051, Japan. E-mail: yyokoyama@nurs.osaka-cu.ac.jp

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Weight Growth of Triplet Infants From Birth to Twelve Years of Age

  • Yoshie Yokoyama (a1), Janne Pitkäniemi (a2), Jaakko Kaprio (a2) (a3) (a4) and Karri Silventoinen (a5)

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