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Underweight Babies and Babies of Teen Mothers
Have Raised Suicide Risk

Underweight Babies and Babies of Teen Mothers
Have Raised Suicide Risk

by Kevin Caruso

September 25, 2004

Babies with a birth rate of 4.4 pounds or lower and babies of teen mothers are twice as likely to die by suicide later in life than other babies, according to a study at the Karolinska Institute in Stochkholm, Sweden.

Children from large families or whose mothers had little education also had a raised risk of suicide.

Additional risk factors included: stress during pregnancy, poor maternal health, poor parenting, and low income.

Researchers studied 700,000 young adults in Sweden who were born between 1973 and 1980 and monitored them until 1999.

Out of the 700,000 individuals, 4,700 women and 2,000 men attempted suicide, and 166 women and 397 men died by suicide.

"Prevention needs to start before a child is born," said Dr. Danuta Wasserman, one of the researchers. "We need to monitor and support young mothers during pregnancy and to follow-up their newborn children to help them with emotional and practical support when needed."

If you or someone you know is suicidal, please go to the Home Page of this website for immediate help.

Thank you.

I love you.

Take care,

Kevin Caruso

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