Birth weight charts may misclassify babies of immigrants

November 11, 2014 12:45 PM

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Birth weight charts may misclassify babies of immigrants

The charts that doctors use when assessing a baby's birth weight should take into account the mother's ethnicity, to better predict health problems after birth, a new study from Canada suggests.

For example, charts may misclassify Asian women's babies as too small, or miss noting that some bigger babies are at risk for complications, according to a study published today (Nov. 11) in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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