Low birth weight (LBW) is a term used when the newborn baby weighs less than 2.5 Kg, regardless of the gestational age of the baby. The average Indian newborn usually weighs between 2.5 to 2.9 Kgs. Birth weight is a strong indicator of the mother’s health and nutritional status and also the chances of survival of the newborn and long term health and development of the child. Subcategories of low birth weight include VLBW that is Very Low Birth Weight, which is less than 1.5kg and ELBW, Extremely Low Birth Weight, which is less than 1kg.
Baby weight in India varies, and 2 out of 10 full-term newborn babies are low birth weight. While some low birth weight babies are healthy, others may face serious health concerns. The baby weight and baby growth may increase concerns regarding newborn baby care.
What is the difference between prematurity and low birth weight?
Premature babies are those born before the 37th week of pregnancy. These babies may not have completed their growth and development and usually have low birth weight.
Low birth weight babies are full-term babies, born after the 37th week of pregnancy but weigh less than 2500 gms. Out of every 10 low birth weight newborn babies, 7 are born prematurely. Baby weight during pregnancy is an important factor to consider in the treatment of low baby weight and baby growth.
What Cause for Low Birth Weight in New-born Babies?
Babies that have an inherited medical condition, which may cause disease or disability after birth
Effects of Low Birth Weight of Newborn Babies
The effect on low birth weight babies depends on the duration of pregnancy and the newborn baby weight
How to Increase Baby Weight?
You can help increase baby weight and facilitate baby growth if you follow the below practices:
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