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Infant health: Low birth weight

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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: November 1, 2011

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