Pediatrics

Gait Characteristics of Children Born Preterm

Walking is a central skill of daily living. A delay in the onset of walking can be a sign of abnormal motor development. Further, abnormalities in gait can also affect physical functioning. Children born preterm are at significant risk for neurodevelopmental impairments; however, little is known about how preterm birth affects walking. This review describes current evidence of walking in children born preterm with a focus on the age at onset of walking and comparisons of gait characteristics of children born preterm with those born full-term.

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