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20% of Low-Birthweight Calif. Babies Not Referred to Follow-Up Care
California Healthline

One-fifth of very-low-birthweight infants born in California are not referred to the state’s follow-up care program, despite their increased risk for neurological and developmental problems, according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, EdSource reports.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Researchers analyzed data from 2010 and 2011 on 10,433 infants born weighing less than 3.3 pounds.

According to EdSource, babies born at or below 3.3 pounds typically are referred to California’s High Risk Infant Follow Up program, where they receive care and various diagnostic assessments until they turn three years old.