Low birth weight increases the risk for infant morbidity and mortality. Low birth weight infants are at greater risk of dying
in the first month of life. Low birth weight infants may require intensive care at birth and are at higher risk of developmental
disabilities and chronic illnesses throughout life. They are more likely to require special education services. Health care
costs and length of hospital stay are higher for low birth weight infants.
There are many health, behavioral, and environmental factors known to increase the risk of very low birth weight. Therefore,
it is useful to track birth weight as part of an Environmental Public Health Tracking system.
Very Low Birth Weight among Singleton Births, by County of Residence, New Jersey, 2005-2009
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