Real VS Corrected Age
Parents of premature babies often need to learn about the difference in “real age” vs “corrected age”. When referring to the age of a baby born prematurely health care professionals will often use the terms “real” vs “corrected age”.
Real age refers to the age of the baby based from the day of birth – the number of days, weeks or years the baby is.
Corrected age refers to the age of the baby based on the age the child would be if the baby had reached her due date and the pregnancy was carried full term. Health care providers may use this age when they evaluate the baby’s growth, feeding skills and development.
A full term pregnancy is estimated to be 40 weeks.
Calculating your baby’s corrected age: Example
– Baby Aisha was born at 32 weeks gestation
– The number of weeks your baby was born premature: 8 weeks (40 weeks – 32 weeks = 8 weeks)
– Today she is 6 months old – from the day she was actually born
– 6 months “real age” – 4 months premature
– Aisha is 4 months corrected in age
Immunisations are generally given based on a premature babies “real age”.