A baby born in Japan weighing just 268g (9.45oz) has been cleared to go home five months after his birth. He is believed to be the world’s smallest surviving baby boy.
The baby was born at Tokyo’s Keio University Hospital by emergency c-section at 24 weeks gestation after doctor’s became concerned about his lack of growth and determined that his life was in danger. He was small enought to fit into a pair of cupped hands.
Now, two months after his due date, and following months in intensive care, he has grown to 3.2kg.
Weighing 268 grams at birth in August, this baby was released from Keio University Hospital 5 months later weighing 3,238 grams https://t.co/kAgTP8a481
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According to the Tiniest Babies Registry, the baby is the smallest boy born to be discharged from a hospital. Of the 24 babies who have been born weighing under 300 grams and survived, only four of them were boys. This is believed to be linked to the slower development of boy’s lungs.
The tiniest baby on record was born in Germany in 2015 weighing 252 grams. Emilia was born at 26 weeks gestation and was just 21.8cm tall. She weighed a little bit more than a large banana and her feet were the size of a fingernail. The usual weight for a baby at this point in pregnancy is around 21 ounces. A problem with the mother’s placenta meant that Emilia was not getting enough nutrition.
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Written by Julie Scanlon
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