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Health problems among six-week old Pacific infants living in New Zealand.

Janis Paterson, Sarnia Carter, Maynard Williams, Colin Tukuitonga

Med Sci Monit 2006; 12(2): CR51-54

ID: 445236

Background: The purpose of this paper is to describe maternal reports ofvarious health problems experienced by their Pacific infants in the first six weeks of their lives andto examine the infant, maternal and socio-demographic factors associated with infant health problems.Material/Methods: The data were gathered as part of the Pacific Islands Families: First Two Years ofLife (PIF) Study in which mothers in the cohort (n=1376) were interviewed about the health problems experiencedby their infants (n=1398) in the first six weeks of life. Results: Fifty-five percent of mothers reportedthat their infant had experienced minor health problems, and 15.6% reported moderate to severe infanthealth problems. Most mothers (98%) reported that they had a regular family doctor or health clinic togo to if their infant had a health problem. We found no meaningful associations between infant, maternal,or socio-demograhic variables and general infant health problems, possibly because of the wide rangeof infant illnesses reported. Since 43% of the infant health problems reported were related to breathingdifficulties we carried out univariate and multivariate analyses on this specific health problem. Factorssignificantly associated (p

Keywords: Cohort Studies, Adult, Health Status, Infant Welfare - statistics & numerical data, New Zealand - epidemiology, Pacific Islands - epidemiology, Pregnancy, Respiration Disorders - epidemiology, Risk Factors

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