Infant Low Birth Weight | Definition & Patient Education
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What causes low birth weights? 8 possible conditions

Infant low birth weight (LBW) is when babies weigh less than five pounds, eight ounces at birth. LBW often occurs in babies who are born prematurely, before 37 weeks of gestation. It is also common in multiple birth situations. According to the Lucile... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Nutritional Deficiencies (Malnutrition)

A nutritional deficiency occurs when the body doesn't absorb the necessary amount of a nutrient. Deficiencies can lead to a variety of health problems.

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2

Stress And Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are a normal part of life, but in some people, they can become bigger issues. Learn what causes stress and anxiety and how to manage them.

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3

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) occurs when a baby is born with varied mental and physical defects due to the mother consuming alcohol during pregnancy.

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4

Fibroids

Fibroids are abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman's uterus. Heavy bleeding, pain in the pelvis or lower back, cramping, and bloating could indicate fibroids.

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5

Birth Defects

Find information on birth defects, including what causes them, how they're diagnosed, and how they can be prevented.

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6

Congenital Toxoplasmosis

Congenital toxoplasmosis is a disease that occurs in fetuses infected with Toxoplasma gondii (a protozoan parasite). It can cause miscarriage or stillbirth. It can also cause serious and progressive visual, hearing...

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7

Premature Infant

Birth is considered premature, or preterm, when it occurs before 37 weeks of gestation (development time in the womb). Normal, full-term gestation is 37 to 42 weeks. Those final weeks in the womb are crucial for health...

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8

Fanconi Anemia

Fanconi anemia or FA is a genetic disorder that results in bone marrow failure. It is a recessive gene disorder. This means that in order for you to develop FA, your parents will both have to have the defective FA gene...

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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