Small for Gestational Age

If a child is born small for their age, doctors may say they are Small for Gestational Age (SGA). About 2-3% of all new-borns are SGA.


SGA may occur when the growth processes in the womb slow down. This is called intrauterine growth retardation. 

Generally these children will be monitored by their doctor. Often, the child will experience ‘catch up growth’ and by the time they reach two years of age, their height and weight will match those of others in their age group. However, if the child remains small beyond two years of age, further investigations will be needed.

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