Adjusted age represents the age of a baby taking into consideration how early they were born.
For example, if a baby is 4 months old from the day he exited the womb but was born two months earlier than his due date, his adjusted age is two months.
A baby’s chronological age is how many months have passed since he or she was born. It is the goal of all doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers to have as many babies as possible born at or very close to their due date.
Adjusted age is important when measuring growth and development of a premature baby. For example, a 4-month-old baby who was born 10 weeks before his due date cannot be expected to measure up to a 4-month-old baby who was born on or near his due date.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019