Infant Health: Low Birth Weight
Source: SourceOECD Social Issues/Migration/Health, Volume 2010, Number 21, December 2010 , pp. 32-33(2)
Abstract:Low birth weight ‐ defined here as newborns weighing less than 2 500 grams ‐ is an important indicator of infant health because of the close relationship between birth weight and infant morbidity and mortality. There are two categories of low birth weight babies: those occurring as a result of restricted foetal growth and those resulting from pre‐term birth. Low birth weight infants have a greater risk of poor health or death, require a longer period of hospitalisation after birth, and are more likely to develop significant disabilities (UNICEF and WHO, 2004).
Document Type: Review Article
Publication date: 2010-12-01