Low Birth Weight

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Low Birth Weight

Postby pfpcnews » Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:07 am

Diouf M, Cisse D, Lo CM, Ly M, Faye D, Ndiaye O - "Pregnant women living in areas of endemic fluorosis in Senegal and low birthweight newborns: Case-control study" Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique. 2012 Apr;60(2):103-8. Epub 2012 Mar 14.


Département d'odontologie, faculté de médecine de pharmacie et d'odontologie, université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, BP 45391, Dakar, Fann, Sénégal.



In developing countries, maternal and neonatal mortality is high. Among the causes of death during the neonatal period, low birth weight is crucial. A dose of fluoride beyond 2mg/L causes enamel damage, possibly affecting the fetus. The aim of this study was to search for an association between dental fluorosis in the mother and low birthweight of the newborn.

This was a case-control study performed in an endemic area in Senegal (Diourbel). It included 108 mothers who gave birth to newborns weighing less than 2500g (cases) and 216 mothers with newborns weighing greater or equal to 2500g (controls). Data on socio-demographic, lifestyle, history and pregnancy variables were collected. Those related to water consumption during pregnancy and dental fluorosis (Dean's index) were measured. The data were analyzed by R software. Logistic regression was used to identify associations and the statistical significance level was set to 0.05.

The proportions of mothers consuming well water were 62% among cases versus 43.5% among controls. The score 4 of Dean's Index was reported for 25.9% of cases versus 6.9% of controls. The water consumed and the modal score of Dean's Index were significantly associated with the occurrence of low birthweight adjusted for gender, consanguinity, anemia and hypertension.

Low birthweight was associated with pregnant women living in endemic areas. Defluoridation programs and access for pregnant women and children to high quality water are necessary in areas of endemic fluorosis.
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