Adolescent health determinants for pregnancy and child health outcomes among the urban poor
Mehra, Sunil and Agrawal, Deepti (2004) Adolescent health determinants for pregnancy and child health outcomes among the urban poor. India Pediatrics, 41 (2). pp. 137-145. ISSN 0019-6061
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Adolescents among the urban and rural poor have a high incidence of chronic energy deficiency (CED) and anemia, more so in girls than in boys. Adolescent pregnancies (15-19 years) contribute to 19% of total fertility in India and record the highest maternal mortality rates. Besides maternal age, lack of education, low socio-economic status, maternal undernutrition and limited access to maternal health services are important determinants of poor pregnancy outcomes. Low birth weight is the major adverse outcome for the infant and an important determinant of increased child mortality. There is a lack of data for long term follow up of infants of adolescent mothers versus mothers 20 years and above, and more specifically, in the urban poor setting, an emerging concern.
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