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Risk and Reach

Low birth weight

Minnesota is among the ten states with the fewest low-weight births. Low birth weight children are 20 times more likely to succumb to infant mortality than normal weight babies, and are at higher risk for negative outcomes, including medical, cognitive, and psychological problems, which may persist throughout their lifespan.


Low birth weight
Babies born weighing under 5 pounds, 8 ounces are considered to have a low birth weight, which carries a range of health risks, including a weakened immune system, reduced muscle strength, decreased cognitive and social development, and a higher incidence of diabetes and heart disease in later life.