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times more likely at age 6 to have lower IQs as well as higher levels of attention problems and symptoms of anxious, withdrawn behavior."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:2/14/2017)... , Feb. 14, 2017  Wake Forest Baptist ... as its new chief executive officer (CEO). Freischlag joins ... John D. McConnell , M.D., who last year ... at the Medical Center, after leading it since 2008. ... full scope of Wake Forest Baptist,s academic health system, ...
(Date:2/10/2017)... , Feb 10, 2017 ... new report "Personalized Medicine - Scientific and Commercial Aspects" ... ... personalized medicine. Diagnosis is integrated with therapy for selection of ... on early detection and prevention of disease in modern medicine. ...
(Date:2/8/2017)... 7, 2017  Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWRE ), ... financial results for its quarter and year ended December 31, ... 2016 was $3.9 million compared to $6.9 million in the ... of 2016 was $0.6 million compared to $2.6 million in ... quarter of 2016 was $0.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... , March 24, 2017 On ... trading session at 5,817.69, down 0.07%; the Dow Jones ... and the S&P 500 closed at 2,345.96, marginally dropping ... sectors closed in green, 4 sectors finished in red, ... Friday, Stock-Callers.com has initiated reports coverage on the following ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... Lajollacooks4u is proud to announce it has become the premiere team-building ... challenges for companies around the world, such as Illumina, HP and Qualcomm, and is ranked ... its increasing popularity is due to its new team building format, a way for teams ...
(Date:3/23/2017)...  GlobeImmune, Inc. today announced it has entered into ... shares of its common stock to NantCell, Inc., a ... the sale of its common stock, NantCell has agreed ... GlobeImmune 200,000 shares, an estimated $2.0 million in value, ... pleased to enter into this strategic agreement with NantCell," ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... YORK , March 23, 2017 ... ... of death, putting significant strain on health care systems, in ... cancer diagnoses rises, so too does the development of innovative ... minimum side effects. Among the many types of cancer treatments, ...
Breaking Biology Technology: