The population of interest is low birth weight infants and the critical outcomes include mortality severe morbidity growth and development the implementation of these guidelines in low and middle income countries is expected to improve care and survival of low birth weight infants. Overview the department of child and adolescent health has developed guidelines on optimal feeding of low birth weight infants in low and middle income countries. Low birth weight lbw has been defined by the world health organization who as weight at birth less than 2500 g the global prevalence of lbw is 155 which means that about 206 million such infants are born each year 965 of them in developing countries. Summary countries can substantially reduce their infant mortality rates by improving the care of lbw infants experience from developed and low and middle income countries has clearly shown that appropriate care of lbw infants including feeding temperature maintenance hygienic cord and skin care and early detection and treatment of complications can substantially reduce mortality in . Guidelines on optimal feeding of low birthweight infants in low and middle income countries 2011 low birth weight lbw has been defined by the world health organization who as weight at birth less than 2500 g
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