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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-20

A study on catch up growth among low birth weight infants in an urban slum of Kolkata


1 Assistant Professor, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, India
2 Assistant Professor, R G Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, India
3 Professor, Department of Community Medicine, All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata, India
4 Professor, Department of MCH, All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata, India

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Assistant Professor, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 18700716

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Objectives: To study the catch up growth among low birth weight infants in relation to the normal birth weight counterparts in first six months of age. Methods: A longitudinal community based study was done in 2004 -05 in an urban slum of Chetla, Kolkata among 126 singleton live born babies. Growth pattern of these babies was followed up at 15±5 days interval by house visit till six months of age. Results: The incidence of low birth weight babies was 28.6%. 86.1% LBW infants caught up in length at 3 rd month, 63.9% in chest circumference at 4 th month, 66.7% in head circumference at 5 th month, while 72.2% in weight at 6 th month. Regular growth monitoring is essential for LBW babies to detect signs of growth faltering at the earliest.


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