Navigation Links
Late-preterm babies at greater risk for problems later in childhood
Date:11/22/2010

EAST LANSING, Mich. Late-preterm babies those born between 34 and 36 weeks are at an increased risk for cognitive and emotional problems, regardless of maternal IQ or demographics, according to new research published by Michigan State University researchers in the current edition of the journal Pediatrics.

While late-preterm births (full-term pregnancies last at least 37 weeks) have been associated with such problems before, the study represents one of the most rigorous looks at the issue by accounting for other potential causes, said the study's lead author, Nicole Talge, a postdoctoral research associate in MSU's Department of Epidemiology.

"Previous studies reveal that babies born a little early are at-risk for short-term medical problems and possibly long-term behavioral and cognitive problems," Talge said. "We wanted to look at a diverse population of children and take into account important factors such as maternal IQ and birth weight for gestational age; do the previously reported associations still hold up?

"We found late-preterm babies are between two and three times more likely at age 6 to have lower IQs as well as higher levels of attention problems and symptoms of anxious, withdrawn behavior."

Talge stressed that not all babies born late-preterm experience problems and that further research is needed into exactly what is contributing to the increase.

As part of the National Institutes of Health-funded study, researchers analyzed a cohort developed by Naomi Breslau, a professor in MSU's Department of Epidemiology. Data on babies born between 1983 and 1985 in both urban and suburban settings in southeast Michigan were analyzed and compared with data collected when the children were 6 years old.

For each late-preterm baby analyzed, a full-term counterpart was randomly identified as part of a control group, taking into account birth weight for gestational age.

"Children born late-preterm exhibited lower levels of cognitive performance and higher levels of behavioral problems at the age of 6 even after accounting for socioeconomic factors and maternal IQs," Talge said. "We want to find out what explains these associations: Why are some late-preterm babies at risk and others are not? Could it be the presence of obstetric complications, neonatal complications, postnatal factors such as feeding choice or some combination of these factors?

"We are looking into these possibilities in follow-up investigations."

In addition, the increased risk was found at age 6; since children are still developing at that age it is important to see if and how these associations persist later in life.

It's important to find these answers as more children are being born late-preterm: The rate of such delivery has risen 20 percent since 1990. While there is debate as to why that is occurring, Talge said, the impact it is having needs to be addressed.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jason Cody
codyja@msu.edu
517-432-0924
Michigan State University
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. World breakthrough in treating premature babies
2. Consumers desire more genetic testing, but not designer babies
3. Study finds rescue course of antenatal steroids improves outcome in premature babies
4. Mama whales teach babies where to eat
5. Engineering bouncing babies, 1 at a time
6. Tufted bacteria cause infection in premature babies
7. Babies born to native high-altitude mothers have decreased risk of low birth weight
8. ICSI or IVF: Babies born from frozen embryos do just as well
9. Supplementing babies formula with DHA boosts cognitive development
10. Will giving coffee to babies keep them awake as adults?
11. Healthy babies by the numbers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Late-preterm babies at greater risk for problems later in childhood
(Date:6/23/2017)... ITHACA, N.Y. , June 23, 2017  IBM ... in dairy research, today announced a new collaboration using ... the chances that the global milk supply is impacted ... project, Cornell University has become the newest academic institution ... Chain, a food safety initiative that includes IBM Research, ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... -- Hunova, the first robotic gym for the rehabilitation and functional motor sense ... Genoa, Italy . The first 30 robots will be available ... USA . The technology was developed and patented at the IIT ... Movendo Technology thanks to a 10 million euro investment from entrepreneur Sergio ... ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... DALLAS , May 16, 2017   ... for health organizations, and MD EMR Systems ... certified development partner for GE, have established a ... Patient Portal product and the GE Centricity™ products, ... Centricity EMR. These new integrations ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:9/21/2017)... Norwood, MA (PRWEB) , ... September 21, 2017 ... ... its proprietary clinical client portal. Each relaunch of the portal includes new features ... biotechnology and medical device companies seek to remain at the forefront of medical ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... , ... September 21, 2017 , ... ... neon green this month, the response was swift and efficient thanks to the ... ). RRWQG is made up of more than 50 stakeholders, including officials from ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... The award-winning producers ... (Koch) to feature new innovations aimed at helping farmers solve the problem of ... Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:30aET on RFD-TV. Check your local listings for more ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... , ... September 20, 2017 ... ... a leading global provider of engineering, architecture, project controls, construction management, commissioning ... cleanrooms, today announced the unveiling of the iCON™ brand which represents the ...
Breaking Biology Technology: