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Low birth weight 'linked to higher death rates'

Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Researchers at Cardiff University say babies born with a low birth weight are at an increased risk of death in infancy through to adolescence compared to babies born at a normal birth weight.

A team from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, led by Professor Sailesh Kotecha, examined official death rates in low birth weight babies among over 12m births in England and Wales.

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 lead to low birth weight, deaths in infancy and beyond could be cut.

– Professor Sailesh Kotecha, Cardiff University
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