Increasing incidence of infants with low birth weight in Oman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

10 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This review article provides an overview of the levels, trends and some possible explanations for the increasing rate of low birth weight (LBW) infants in Oman. LBW data from national health surveys in Oman, and published reports from Oman’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization were collected and assessed between January and August 2014. Oman’s LBW rate has been increasing since the 1980s. It was approximately 4% in 1980 and had nearly doubled (8.1%) by 2000. Since then, it has shown a slow but steady rise, reaching 10% in recent times. High rates of consanguinity, premature births, number of increased pregnancies at an older maternal age and changing lifestyles are some important factors related to the increasing rate of LBW in Oman. The underlying causes of this increase need to be understood and addressed in obstetric policies and practices in order to reduce the rate of LBW in Oman.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e177-e183
JournalSultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
Volume15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2015

Fingerprint

Oman
Low Birth Weight Infant
Incidence
Consanguinity
Birth Rate
Premature Birth
Maternal Age
Health Surveys
Obstetrics
Life Style
Pregnancy
Health

Keywords

  • Consanguinity
  • Infant mortality
  • Low birth weight
  • Oman
  • Premature birth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

Cite this

Increasing incidence of infants with low birth weight in Oman. / Mazharul Islam, M.

In: Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2, 01.05.2015, p. e177-e183.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{97d3b69871f84eef8d07237ea7b371f6,
title = "Increasing incidence of infants with low birth weight in Oman",
abstract = "This review article provides an overview of the levels, trends and some possible explanations for the increasing rate of low birth weight (LBW) infants in Oman. LBW data from national health surveys in Oman, and published reports from Oman’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization were collected and assessed between January and August 2014. Oman’s LBW rate has been increasing since the 1980s. It was approximately 4{\%} in 1980 and had nearly doubled (8.1{\%}) by 2000. Since then, it has shown a slow but steady rise, reaching 10{\%} in recent times. High rates of consanguinity, premature births, number of increased pregnancies at an older maternal age and changing lifestyles are some important factors related to the increasing rate of LBW in Oman. The underlying causes of this increase need to be understood and addressed in obstetric policies and practices in order to reduce the rate of LBW in Oman.",
keywords = "Consanguinity, Infant mortality, Low birth weight, Oman, Premature birth",
author = "{Mazharul Islam}, M.",
year = "2015",
month = "5",
day = "1",
language = "English",
volume = "15",
pages = "e177--e183",
journal = "Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal",
issn = "2075-051X",
publisher = "Sultan Qaboos University",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Increasing incidence of infants with low birth weight in Oman

AU - Mazharul Islam, M.

PY - 2015/5/1

Y1 - 2015/5/1

N2 - This review article provides an overview of the levels, trends and some possible explanations for the increasing rate of low birth weight (LBW) infants in Oman. LBW data from national health surveys in Oman, and published reports from Oman’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization were collected and assessed between January and August 2014. Oman’s LBW rate has been increasing since the 1980s. It was approximately 4% in 1980 and had nearly doubled (8.1%) by 2000. Since then, it has shown a slow but steady rise, reaching 10% in recent times. High rates of consanguinity, premature births, number of increased pregnancies at an older maternal age and changing lifestyles are some important factors related to the increasing rate of LBW in Oman. The underlying causes of this increase need to be understood and addressed in obstetric policies and practices in order to reduce the rate of LBW in Oman.

AB - This review article provides an overview of the levels, trends and some possible explanations for the increasing rate of low birth weight (LBW) infants in Oman. LBW data from national health surveys in Oman, and published reports from Oman’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization were collected and assessed between January and August 2014. Oman’s LBW rate has been increasing since the 1980s. It was approximately 4% in 1980 and had nearly doubled (8.1%) by 2000. Since then, it has shown a slow but steady rise, reaching 10% in recent times. High rates of consanguinity, premature births, number of increased pregnancies at an older maternal age and changing lifestyles are some important factors related to the increasing rate of LBW in Oman. The underlying causes of this increase need to be understood and addressed in obstetric policies and practices in order to reduce the rate of LBW in Oman.

KW - Consanguinity

KW - Infant mortality

KW - Low birth weight

KW - Oman

KW - Premature birth

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84930065110&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84930065110&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

VL - 15

SP - e177-e183

JO - Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal

JF - Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal

SN - 2075-051X

IS - 2

ER -