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We are grateful for Menon et al’s editorial in response1 to our recent article.2 They set out several pertinent points and issue a call to action for future research.
Menon et al question whether ‘catch-up’ growth of infants with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) contributed substantially to the overall change in weight SD Score (∆SDS) between birth and 36 weeks corrected gestational age (CGA). Further analysis of our data sheds some light on this proposition. Infants with IUGR (defined as a birth weight of at least 1.33 SD below the 1990 British Growth Reference mean) grew slightly more than their non-IUGR counterparts (table 1).
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Contributors ETA, MJJ, RMB, JJA and FP conceptualised and designed the study and reviewed and revised the manuscript. AY drafted the initial manuscript and reviewed and revised the manuscript.
Funding AY, MJJ and RMB are supported by the National Institute for Health Research through the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre. JJA is funded by an Action Medical Research Training Fellowship.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
Data sharing statement Additional unpublished data are available upon request.
Patient consent for publication Not required.