Impact of Exercise on Body Composition in Premature Infants: New Approaches

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Conducted at:
Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Long Beach Memorial
Currently enrolling additional patients:
Age Range:
23-48 Weeks
Male & Female

This project is designed to study the effects of exercise on the developmental processes of prematurely born babies. The Clinical Investigators, based at the UCI Dept of Pediatrics and Institute of Clinical and Translational Science are recruiting mothers and babies at Miller Children’s Hospital with birth age 23 to 29 weeks, expected NICU discharge at 34 to 40 weeks and discharge weight between 1800-3500 grams. The study is designed to evaluate the developmental effects of a specific, daily, parent-provided exercise intervention added to a “best practices” social interaction, nutritional support and parent teaching program. The study group will be compared with the control group that is solely receiving the social interaction program. The study will require a post-discharge DEXA bone scan and blood and saliva tests, 4 home visits and a repeat scan and lab work at one year.

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