Children with Low Birth Weight Needs Treatment

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A recent study conducted on March 2, 2018 reveals that children with low birth weight needs treatment.

Children who are born with low weight have a higher risk of becoming underweight and might also develop cardiovascular diseases later. Such children can be protected to some extent by providing them with iron supplementation. A study was conducted by giving iron supplements to low birth weight children and researchers were surprised with the results obtained. A low blood pressure was observed in children who took the supplementation.

285 children born with low weight and 95 children born with normal weight were included in the study. They collected data on weight, height, blood pressure and body composition from all the children. Also, IQ and other abilities of the children were tested. Priority was given to the children who have marginally low birth weight.

Josefine Starnberg, doctoral student said, “The below average test results may lead to more school difficulties and behavioural problems to a larger extent than for children born with normal birth weight. It’s important that we are aware of this, both in the health care system as well as in the educational system, in order to early capture those who may need additional support.” Studies conducted earlier has shown that children with low birth weight have a higher risk of suffering from overweight, high blood pressure and insulin resistance later in life.

Contrary to the studies conducted earlier, this study showed that children born with low weight have a high risk of continuing to be underweight. Insulin and blood sugar imbalance was also found in these children. Studies should be conducted till their adulthood to know the consequences behind these problems.

By providing iron supplementation to the underweight children, it is expected to increase the growth of weight management market, as elaborated in the weight management market report published by Coherent Market Insights.

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