Recent study which was published in journal Pediatrics, suggested that babies should be said as premature when born at 37th week. It has also been suggested that these children are at the risk of slow development of brain when compared with those who were born in 41st week. Premature babies also show poor academic records. The study was conducted at Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, advised parents and medical professionals that they should take cautions when considering an elective early delivery.
The research was led by Kimberly Noble, conducted academic test of 128,000 in New York public schools to compare with their birth records. Their findings suggested that those children who were born at 41st week got one point more when compared with those who born at 37th week.
The difference observed during study may not be noticeable between children, Dr Noble said, but was sufficient for mothers to “at least proceed with caution before electing to have an earlier term birth”.
Currently those babies who born at less than 37th week are termed as premature but this study suggested that there is a need to revise this definition.
Judy Aschner, a paediatrics professor at America’s Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, said: “I don’t want to panic mums whose babies come at 37 weeks, but those elective early deliveries really need to stop.”
King’s College London conduct a study in last month and their finding suggest that premature babies have two times more chances to suffer mental disorders as depression and bipolar disorders in adulthood when compared with normal born babies. Those babies who were born at 32nd week have 3 times more chances to get these mental disorders.
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