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International Journal Of Medical, Pharmacy And Drug Research(IJMPD)

Maternal & Infant Risks Regarding Extreme Age of Pregnancy

Naglaa A. El-Sherbiny , Mohamed Masoud , Alkasseem A. Elgameel

International Journal of Medical, Pharmacy and Drug Research(IJMPD), Vol-1,Issue-1, May - June 2017, Pages 1-7 ,

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Background: Extremes of maternal age are of considerable clinical and public health concern as it plays an important role in infant and maternal health. This study aims to determine the effect of extreme maternal age at pregnancy on a mother and infant’s health. Methods: The study was a cross-sectional analytical observational study, conducted on a pediatric outpatient clinic at Teaching Hospital, with a purposive sample of 450 mothers. A structured questionnaire was designed, which included socio-demographic data, factors related to pregnancy care, and factors related to the infant. Results: The main maternal health problem during pregnancy was anemia and pregnancy induced hypertension with a statistically significant association between the mother’s age and maternal morbidity. The main causes of baby admission into hospital were diarrhea and acute respiratory diseases, with a statistical significant. Conclusion: There was an agonizing correlation between extreme maternal age and infant health. A serious collaborative effort must be done between social worker in health facilities and community, to rise up awareness about the suitable age of marriage and reproductive health.

Extreme maternal age; Infant health; maternal morbidities.

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