Premature Babies Face Long-Term Problems Through Adult Lives

July 17, 2008

A new study has found that babies who are born prematurely are more likely to have disabilities later in life as adults compared to babies born at normal time.Boston (ChattahBox) – A new study has found that babies who are born prematurely are more likely to have disabilities later in life as adults compared to babies born at normal time.

Researchers were led by Dag Moster of the University of Bergen in Norway, and found that premature babies face an increased risk of having both medical and social problems as adults.

The belief by researchers is that this could harm them in the future as adults with families, jobs, etc.

The study included over 900,000 kids born in Norway between 1967 and 1983. They were followed until they were up to 36-years old.

Preamture babies were found to have an increased risk for cerebral palsy, as well as schizophrenia and autism. They were also less likely to have start a family, and more likely to get a divorce.

They were also found to have, on average, lower levels of education, as well as lower-paying jobs.

The study has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


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