Home 2014 - Volume 14(2) FACTORS RELATED TO LOW BIRTH WEIGHT BABIES IN BAGHDAD CITY, IRAQ
FACTORS RELATED TO LOW BIRTH WEIGHT BABIES IN BAGHDAD CITY, IRAQ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 August 2014 15:20

Mohammed A. AbdalQader, Shamsul Azhar Shah, Zaleha Md Isa, Hasanain Faisal Ghazi

Idayu Badilla &Tiba Nezar Hasan.

Department of Community Health, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

ABSTRACT

Great importance has been attributed to birth weight all over the world because it is considered as one of the best predictors of prenatal survival and a good indicator of quality life. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of low birth weight babies (LBW) and factors related to it in Baghdad city. A cross sectional study was carried out in four general hospitals in Baghdad city, Iraq. A total of 225 newborn babies, alive, singleton and without congenital malformation were selected randomly from these four general hospitals.The result of the study showed the prevalence rate of low birth weights was 21.3%. Mothers’ educational level, monthly family income, mothers with chronic hypertension, mothers with history of previous low birth weight infants and anemic mothers were significantly associated with low birth weight babies (P= 0.03, 0.01, 0.02,<0.01, 0.02) respectively. It is clearly evidenced the lack of equity in populations and disparity in socioeconomic status are common related factors for the low birth weight babies as can be seen as a public and global health problem.

Key words:Low birth weight babies (LBW), Baghdad city, medical history, anemia.

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