Alert, Baby Born with Low Weight Prone Diseases

You gave birth to a baby weighing less than 2,500 grams? It seems you have to give extra attention to the baby.

Because babies are born with a weight like this is more susceptible to mortality and morbidity. They are also more prone to having behavior disorders.

"Babies are born with very low weight is at least already brought four illnesses in his life. At age 40 they are more prone to disease," said Dr. Judi Januadi Endjun, SpOG, fetomaternal experts from the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital, Jakarta.

According to the Barker hypothesis, a disease that affects a person in adulthood are programmed from the moment he was in the womb.

"Babies are born with low weight at risk of death within the first 28 days of his life and in adulthood prone to suffer from hypertension, diabetes, or heart attack," he explained in Nutritalk event themed "Early Forms of Mother Love to The Fruit Heart" held by Sari Husada in Jakarta, Thursday (21/07/2011).

He added that the baby's weight at birth was predictable since the gestation of 10 weeks or 2.5 months. "Normally the baby is growing each week length of 8 millimeters. If at the age of 10 weeks in length is not increased, we can be sure the baby will be born with less weight," he added.