Which children are at high risk of developmental delay?

  • Very low birth weight (less than 1500 g at birth) or very preterm (fewer than 32 weeks’ gestation) infants
  • Infants with severe perinatal complications (e.g. severe foetal growth restriction, foetal distress in labour, need for prolonged resuscitation at birth)
  • Children with meningitis, cerebral bleeds or brain trauma
  • Children with birth defects that affect the brain
  • Children from emotionally-deprived homes

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