Elective Cesarean Doubles Risk of Overweight Infant

[Medscape, 11/27/18] Elective cesarean delivery is associated with the resulting child having an increased risk of or being overweight at age 12 months, according to a prospective birth cohort study that looked at outcomes of elective and emergency cesarean sections separately.

The prevalences of being at risk of or being overweight for children aged 12 months born by elective cesarean section were 12.2% and 2.3% of total births, respectively, to give an adjusted odds ratio (OR) of 2.02 for both outcomes combined.

In contrast, no significant associations were found between overweight and emergency cesarean delivery.

“Our main findings revealed disparate associations of elective and emergency cesarean deliveries with early childhood overweight,” write the authors, led by Meijin Cai, BSc, from Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore, in their article published online November 21 in JAMA Network Open…….

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