Infant health: Low birth weight
Source: SourceOECD Social Issues/Migration/Health, Volume 2011, Number 18, November 2011 , pp. 28-29(2)
Abstract:Low birth weight - defined 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: 2011-11-01