What is defined as low birth weight and what are the general risks?

Moving target. This is one of those things that goes up on a curve, so you have to examine the weight and gestation age to determine if your child is too small. Risks from low birth weight include increased risk of infections, bleeding in the brain, and respiratory problems, just to name a few.

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Can you tell me what is defined as low birth weight (lbw) and what are the general risks?

Less than 2500g. For infant lbw or late prematurity frequent complications include low blood glucose, breathing problems (usually mild), difficulty maintaing body temperature and difficulty nipple feeding. Read more...