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Birth Even a Few Weeks Early May Raise Odds for ADHD
Date:4/19/2011

d 34 weeks, and 60 percent for those born at 29 to 32 weeks of gestation.

Children born very preterm -- 23 to 28 weeks -- had double the odds of a full-term baby of developing ADHD.

Commenting on the study, Dr. Charles R. Bauer, professor of pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said that, "the lesson to be learned here is that late preterm babies are at risk."

These findings "argue very strongly against elective caesarian surgery, which is going on like crazy in this country," he said. "There are neurological issues, there are developmental issues, there are cognitive issues and now there are behavioral issues."

Bauer thinks women should not have caesarian delivery unless it is medically necessary. "A full-term baby was meant to be full term, and they shouldn't interfere with that unless it's necessary," he said.

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For more information on ADHD, visit the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health.

SOURCES: Anders Hjern, M.D., Ph.D., adjunct professor of pediatric epidemiology, Center for Health Equity Studies, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Charles R. Bauer, M.D., professor of pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; April 18, 2011, Pediatrics, online


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