• Français

Premature babies

  • Keyword(s)
  • Premature births
  • Low birth weight babies
  • Insufficient birth weight
  • Premature birth

Most of the pre-term babies will grow up without any health or overall developmental consequences.  

However, premature infants are at a greater risk of suffering from neurodevelopmental troubles or disorders in relation to full term babies.  This risk increases depending on the extent of prematurity. 

The following section outlines the problems that can be encountered in the long term in connection with the development of a premature infant. 

There may be repercussions on the well-being and day-to-day life of a child who displays developmental difficulties or disorders.  It is therefore important for premature babies to benefit from careful and rigorous developmental monitoring so as to ensure healthy growth.  Otherwise, the child must be referred to a health professional (e.g.: pediatrician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist) to be assessed and to begin, where necessary, an intervention plan intended to optimize the child’s healthy development.  


Reference material

Johnson, YR. Long-term neurodevelopmental outcome of premature infants. In: UpToDate, Martin, R (Ed), UpToDate, Waltham, MA. (Accessed on November 24, 2014).

Scientific review: Dr. Annie Veilleux, Dr. Francine Lefebvre, Dr. Thuy Mai Luu and Dr. Véronique Dorval, pediatricians at CHU Sainte-Justine, Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic.

Drafting: Kathy Malas, Speech and Language Therapist and Administrator at CHU Sainte-Justine.

Updated: December 2014

About this page
Updated on 5/12/2015
Created on 10/21/2014
Alert or send a suggestion

Every dollar counts!

Thank you for your generosity.

It is thanks to donors such as you that we are able to accelerate research discoveries, to heal more children every year and to continue to offer world-class care.

It is also possible to give by mail or by calling toll-free

1-888-235-DONS (3667)

Contact Us

514 345-4931


© 2006-2014 CHU Sainte-Justine.
All rights reserved. 
Terms of Use,  Confidentiality,  Security


All information contained within the CHU Sainte-Justine site should not be used as a substitute for the advice of a duly qualified and authorized medical practitioner or any other health professional. The information provided on this site is intended for educational and informational purposes only.

Consult your physician if you feel ill or call 911 for any medical emergency.

CHU Sainte-Justine