The World Health Organization defines low birth weight babies as those born with a birth weight of less than 2500 grams. Although low birth weight is common in premature babies, full term babies might also be born with a low birth weight. Considerable importance is given to a baby’s birth weight because it is not only an indicator of the baby’s health and nutritional status but also of its chances of survival. Low birth weight babies tend to look smaller than babies with normal baby weight, with their head appearing bigger than the rest of the body and with very little body fat.
Low birth weight in babies is generally due to preterm birth or poor growth in the womb due to fetal growth restriction.
Many babies who have low birth weight or are preterm grow up to be normal healthy adults. The easiest way to prevent your baby from being low birth weight is to take care of yourself when you are pregnant.
Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.