As per a Canadian study, it has been revealed that doctors in Canada are not able to judge the right reason for low birth weight of infants who are born to immigrant mothers.
A group of researchers from the University of Toronto told that doctors often mislabel infants as underweight at the time when they are perfectly normal as per their ethnic background. Study leader Dr. Joel Ray told that it is quite bad on the part of the doctors for not including ethnic factors while seeing the development reports of a new born.
Ray told that doctors used a different method to assess the development of new borns. They use newborn weight curves, which measures baby’s weight as per his height and age. If the weight or any other factor is not appropriate then they start raising concerns for parents.
Parents who are quite excited to have a new member in the family are being troubled by doctors. They force the mother and child to stay for longer duration in the hospitals as well as make them do every possible thing to increase the weight of the child.
Ray said that doctors are not able to understand that it is pretty normal for Asian mothers to have smaller babies in contrast to Canadian mothers, who generally have heavier babies. In order to reach at the conclusion, they conducted a study which involved 760,000 births.
Among the total number, 55% of the new borns were born to Canada’s immigrants, and after assessing the growth of every child, it was revealed that children from other countries have lesser weight than Canadian children.
“This lowers the burden not only on the child and their parents, but also on limited in-hospital and pediatric clinic resources”, said Ray.