BABIES UNDER 5.5LBS '130 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE YOUNG'

    BABIES UNDER 5.5LBS ‘130 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE YOUNG’

    Babies born weighing five-and-a-half pounds or less are 130 times more likely to die before they are 18 than those born at a normal birth-weight, according to a new study.

    Researchers analysed more than 12 million births in England and Wales between 1993 and 2011.

    They found that 74,890 (0.61 per cent) died before their 18th birthday – with the majority of those deaths (77 per cent) coming in the first year of life.

    But the study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, also found that the death-rate was 130 times higher for those born at what is considered a ‘very low birth weight’ of less than 2.5kg (5.51lbs).

    The cause of death in those ages between one and 18 were fairly evenly distributed, with conditions of the nervous system accounting for one-in-five deaths (20 per cent), and respiratory problems accounting for 16 per cent.

    But the primary cause of death in those born with low birth-weights were cancers and ‘external conditions’ – including accidents.

    Study leader Professor Sailesh Kotecha (doub corr), of Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, said: “We know low birth-rate is associated with increased infant mortality rates in infancy.

    “However, its association with mortality in later childhood is less clear cut.

    “This study is significant as it shows, for the first time, that low birth-weight is associated with increased death rates from infancy right through to adolescence.”

    The researchers pointed out that the study was an observational one, but added that more work needed to be done to help identify factors which contribute to low birth-weights and help cut early deaths.

    Professor Kotecha added: “The study reaffirms the need to tackle important factors such as maternal smoking and deprivation which are well known to contribute to low birth-weight.

    “By better understanding and ameliorating influences that led to low birth-weight, deaths in infancy and beyond could be cut.”

      Tags:

      • After originally starting her journalism career at local paper the Leicester Mercury, Laura moved to Bristol to become a senior reporter at SWNS. She now runs the ‘Sell Us Your Story’ website, gathering different stories and undertaking general reporting and copywriting duties.

        • Show Comments (0)

        Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

        comment *

        • name *

        • email *

        • website *

        This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

        Ads

        You May Also Like

        BLOGGER COVERED FACE WITH BLOTCHES TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR ROSACEA

        BLOGGER COVERED FACE WITH BLOTCHES TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR ROSACEA

        A beauty blogger covered her face in make-up that made her own skin condition ...

        Police are investigating the 'unexplained and sudden' death of a 10 year-old boy at his home. Paramedics were called to a property in Ilfracombe, Devon near the town's Lidl supermarket around 7am today. (Monday) Half an hour later they called police confirming the "sudden death" of the youngster, who has not been named. Devon and Cornwall police launched an investigation and said the death was being treated as "unexplained". Officers have not confirmed the boy's exact address but say the child's family have been informed.

        POLICE LAUNCH INVESTIGATION AFTER BOY, 10, IS FOUND DEAD

        Police are investigating the ‘unexplained and sudden’ death of a 10 year-old boy at ...

        Login