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Table 2 Association of predictor variables and age when nutritive sucking achieved

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

  Age nutritive sucking achieved
Predictor variables Within 7 days (n = 5) Within 8–14 days (n = 16) Within 15–21 days (n = 8) After 21 days (n = 12) p *value
Age of mother (yrs) [mean(SD)] 26.4 (5.0) 25.8 (3.6) 25.8 (2.7) 26.5 (6.1) > 0.05
Lower-middle socio-economic status (%) 2 (40) 1 (6.2) 2 (25) 3 (25) > 0.05
Primigravida (%) 2 (40) 9 (56.2) 2 (25) 8 (66.7) > 0.05
Singleton (%) 5 (100) 8 (50) 4 (50) 1 (8.3) > 0.05
Gestational age (weeks) [mean(SD)] 33.2 (0.4) 32.8 (1.0) 32.6 (1.2) 30.8 (1.5) < 0.05
Birth weight (g) [mean(SD)] 1561 (138.9) 1531.1 (142.8) 1438.8 (165.2) 1211.8 (201.2) < 0.05
Intrauterine growth retardation (SGA) (%) 0 0 0 3 (23.1) > 0.05
CRIB [mean(SD)] 0 (0) 0.9 (1.4) 1.3 (2.1) 2.8 (2.3) < 0.05
Median (range) 0 (0–0) 0 (0–4) 0 (0–5) 2 (0–6)
Breastfed previous children (%) 4 (80) 8 (50) 5 (62) 4 (33.3) > 0.05
  1. CRIB Clinical Risk Index for Babies, SGA Small for Gestational Age
  2. * p value by comparing all the groups