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ABC Babytalk

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Welcome to Babytalk, a podcast all about babies and their parents. We think being a parent is the most thrilling, exhausting, emotional ride of your life - and we’re here to share everything we know about doing the best you can.

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Short, early or underweight? How your birth statistics can influence health.

June 7th, 2016

Episode 134 of 164 episodes

Babies who are pre-term, underweight or shorter than average have been found to be up to three times more likely to be hospitalized for an infection than the children who had the 'ordinary' full term births. The worrying point about this particular part of the research is that every single week early, and every small increment of birth weight and length has an impact on the possibility of your child having an infection that is severe enough to have them admitted to hospital. The researchers are finding that it's not just the very premature or pre-term babies that are effected but even the ones that arrive one or two weeks before term and these effects continue well into adolescence and possibly beyond.. so this is a podcast that may even effect you!

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