the Keio University in Tokyo reported Tuesday that the world’s smallest baby, weighing just 268 grams at birth, has been discharged from hospital after it has grown to 3,238 grams and can be naturally breastfed. This is what the mother of the boy, whose name was not published for legal reasons, said: “All I can say is that I am happy that he grew up because, to be honest, I did not know whether he could survive.”
The smallest baby in the world was barely heavier than a packet of butter right after it was born! Can you imagine that??
The university reported that the boy was born from an emergency caesarean section in August 2018. The reason for this? His weight just stopped increasing by the 24-week pregnancy. The baby was so small at birth that it could fit in two handfuls. Experienced doctors first treated it in a newborn intensive care unit in the hospital.
They controlled its breathing and nutrition as it grew steadily and eventually could be naturally breastfed. The world’s smallest baby left the hospital on Wednesday February 20th. Actually two months earlier than planned.
The doctor’s finger looks absolutely colossal here!
The boy is much better a few months later
The smallest baby in the world is one of the other four tiny boys in the world
The boy from Tokyo is now considered the new record holder for the world’s smallest boy, who actually survives after birth. The previous record holder was born in Germany in 2009 with a weight of 274 grams. The smallest girl was also born in Germany in 2015 with a weight of only 252 grams.
The new record holder can finally go home with a smile
Since 1936 there have been a total of 23 babies worldwide who survived prematurely and weighed less than 300 grams. According to Tiniest Babies Registry however, there are only four boys on this list. The survival rate of the smallest babies is much lower in boys compared to girls. According to experts, this is in part due to slower lung development in male babies. However, the Tokyo boy had an unusually well-developed heart, lungs, and brain for a baby his size.
“I want people to know that babies can return home in good health, even if they are born small,” said attending physician Dr. Takeshi Arimitsu.
Isn’t he cute?