Intrauterine growth retardation refers to a rate of growth of a fetus that is less than normal for the growth potential of a fetus (for that particular gestational age). As one of the leading causes of perinatal mortality and morbidity, intrauterine growth retardation has immense implications for the short term and long term growth of children. It is an important public health concern in the developing countries. Health statistics encompassing parameters for maternal and child health in the Indian subcontinent have shown improvement in the past few years but they are still far from perfect. Maternal health, education and empowerment bears a strong influence on perinatal outcomes including intrauterine growth retardation and should be the primary focus of any stratagem targeted at reducing the incidence of intrauterine growth retardation. A concerted liaison of various medical and social disciplines is imperative in this regard. © 2011 Saleem et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Saleem, T., Sajjad, N., Fatima, S., Habib, N., Ali, S. R., & Qadir, M. (2011). Intrauterine growth retardation - Small events, big consequences. Italian Journal of Pediatrics, 37(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1824-7288-37-41