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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of study participants

From: Prediction of nutritive sucking in preterm babies (<34 weeks) and preterm sucking readiness scale

Maternal characteristics (n = 49) Estimates
Age of mother (yrs) [mean(SD)] 26.5 (5.8)
Socioeconomic status
 Lower middle n(%) 40 (18.4)
 Upper lower n(%) 9 (81.6)
 Primigravidan(%) 24 (49.0)
 Singleton n(%) 24 (49.0)
 Antenatal visits ≥3 (%) 38 (77.5)
Mode of delivery
 Vaginal (%) 43 (87.8)
 LSCS (%) 6 (12.2)
Neonatal characteristics, (n = 49)  
 Gestational age (weeks) [mean(SD)] 32.2 (4.7)
 Birth weight (g) [mean(SD)] 1418.1 (288.9)
Gender
 Male (%) 21 (42.9)
Intrauterine growth status
 AGA (%) 45 (91.8)
 SGA (%) 4 (8.2)
 CRIB score [mean(SD)] 1.4 (1.9)
Illness
 RDS (%) 2 (4.1)
 Sepsis (%) 2 (4.1)
 Hyperbilirubinemia (%) 1 (2.1)
Respiratory support therapya
 IPPV (%) 3 (6.1)
 CPAP (%) 7 (14.2)
 Supplemental oxygen (%) 18 (36.7)
Age at starting of enteral feeding (Days) [mean(SD)] 0.9 (1.9)
Median (Range) 0 (0–10)
Age at parentral fluids discontinuation (Days) Median (Range) 0 (0–15)
Weight at discontinuation of parentral fluids (g) [mean(SD)] 1385.2 (245)
  1. LSCS Lower Segment Cesarean Section, AGA Appropriate for Gestational Age, SGA Small for Gestational Age, CRIB Clinical Risk Index for Babies, RDS Respiratory Distress Syndrome, CPAP Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
  2. a The respiratory support received by the study subjects was prior to enrollment