One of the most fulfilling and exciting experiences in the life of parents is having a healthy and active baby. The mean weight of an infant is 3.2 kilograms or 7.5 pounds while the total length of the body is around 14 to 20 inches. Even if some of the body parts of newborns are not yet fully developed, they have senses and they can communicate with their caregivers by crying. The weight and physical appearance of babies vary. There are various factors affecting the weight of newborns. One of these is the length of time the baby stayed inside the womb of a mother. To learn more about newborns, let us have a look at the world’s smallest baby.
The Smallest Baby in the World
Who is the world’s smallest baby? The smallest baby in the world is named Rumaisa Rahman. The baby was born at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. Rumaisa was born on September 19, 2004. Her weight when she was born was 0.5375 pounds or 0.2 kilograms. The total length of the baby was 9.5 inches, which is half the normal length of a full-term baby.
The baby has a twin sister named Hiba was conceived by their mother for about 26 weeks. Their mother suffered from high blood pressure, which threatened the health of the babies. Even if Rumaisa is a premature baby, she is healthy and there is no bleeding found in the brain of the baby when she was born. To ensure the health of the baby, she stayed in the hospital for almost half year.
Additional Information and Other Important Details
Premature birth refers to the birth of an infant who was conceived less than 37 weeks. Premature birth is one of the leading causes of infant mortality in the world. Premature babies usually suffer from disabilities and complications. Most of the infants have mental and physical disabilities. Some of the risks associated with preterm births are retinopathy of prematurity, cerebral palsy, encephalopathy as well as intraventricular hemorrhage.
Preterm birth is caused by various factors. One of the causes of premature birth is multiple pregnancies. Aside from this, the intake of fertility medication can also cause premature birth. In addition, there are maternal conditions that can affect preterm birth.