Objective: To examine 5-year outcomes in children enrolled in a pilot randomized controlled trial of a high loading dose of caffeine after preterm birth. Study design: Seventy-four very low birth weight neonates were randomized within the first 24 h of life to receive a high (80 mg/kg) or standard (20 mg/kg) loading dose of caffeine citrate. At 5 years of age, we conducted standardized neurodevelopmental tests and collected parent reports of child socioemotional problems. Result: Seventy-four percent of survivors returned for follow up. Children obtained similar scores on neurodevelopmental and socioemotional evaluations. There was no difference in the incidence of any neurodevelopmental delay after controlling for confounding factors. Conclusion: Five-year follow up of a pilot trial of high loading dose caffeine citrate documented no profound impacts on childhood neurodevelopment or socioemotional outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-635
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2022


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