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Age of mothers and absent prenatal cause low birth weight in newborns

Research done in the city of Coari, the 363 km from Manaus, identified the main factors associated with low Babies

 
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Research developed at the Institute of Health and Biotechnology, Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM) in the municipality of Coari, the 363 km from Manaus, identified the main factors associated with low birth weight of newborns. Some aspects are related to the age of the mothers, the low participation in the consultations of the same prenatal and single, with normal labor / vaginal and newborn males.

To work data were collected on 1733 mothers and their children in 2007, in Coari. Of these, it was observed that the prevalence of low birth weight was 6.64%.

Factors associated with low birth weight were maternal age between 14-18 years (45.22%) and 19-30 years (39.13%), performing one to three prenatal visits (42.6% ), single mothers (51.3%) and had normal birth / vaginal (57.4%). Regarding the sex of children, we found that males (52.17%) had a higher risk of low birth weight compared to females (47.83%), noted researcher and graduate student in biotechnology Diana Nepomuceno.

Under the guidance of Professor UFAM, Maria Izabel Ovellar Heckmann, the work is not yet conclusive. Future studies are needed in order to better understand the risk factors for low birth weight and by these results begin planning and control activities and prevention among the population of mothers with children born with low birth weight, said Diana.

Globally, 14% of children born weighing below the level considered normal, according to the United Nations Children's Fund in the period 1995-2000.

The researcher undergraduates explained that children born weighing less than 2.5 kg are considered low birth weight, the latter being related to a number of environmental factors, socioeconomic and purchased to be considered for each region.

Furthermore, low birth weight alone is rated as one of the most important public health problems worldwide, because it is the main factor associated with risk of death in the neonatal period, he said.

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