Born Too Small

Every year, 20 million babies around the world are born with a low birth weight of less than 2500g (5.5 pounds). BWH’s Anne Lee, MD, of Newborn Medicine worked with colleagues in the  Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group to create the first-ever national estimates of small-for-gestational-age (SGA) and its co-occurrence with preterm birth in low- and middle-income countries, which was published in the inaugural issue of Lancet Global Health last month. Growth restricted infants in low- and middle-income countries are 1.8 times more likely to die in the first month of life, compared to non-growth restricted infants. If you’d like to learn more, the full article is available here.