Socio-demographic and maternal determinants of low birth weight: A multivariate approach

Sreekumaran Nair, R. S.Phaneendra Rao, Shalini Chandrashekar, Das Acharya, H. Vinod Bhat

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A community based study was conducted in the rural areas of Udupi taluk, Karnataka state of South India to identify the socio-demographic, maternal and obstetric determinants of low birth weight. All singleton live births that occurred in the study area during a one year period (October 1991 to September 1992) were included. A total of 2919 singleton child-mother pairs formed the basis of the analysis. Information about social, demographic and economic conditions of the families; maternal factors such as age, parity, quality of antenatal care and previous obstetric history were collected by interviewing the mothers and family members and verifying the available medical records through the field investigators especially recruited and trained for this purpose. Data was analyzed using multiple logistic regression model. Primis, elderly mothers and mothers who had not received good quality antenatal care were found to be more at risk of having low birth weight babies. Other significant determinants were family custom, socio-economic status and environmental sanitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-14
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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