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Study links behavioral problems with premature birth

Published måndag 9 februari 2015 kl 10.23
Björn Larsson Ask / Svd / TT
Photo: Björn Larsson Ask / Svd / TT.

A new study from Lund University shows that some children born prematurely face behavioral problems later in their childhood. The study showed that one of five children born before the 28th week of pregnancy have serious behavioral problems by the time they are two and a half.

The study followed around 400 children who were born before the 28th week, or about 7 months of gestation.

"These are children who are more socially reserved, more anxious, and have significant difficulties when it comes to attention," said Johanna Månsson, a researcher behind the study in an interview with Swedish Radio News.

Over one third of the children studied had cognitive functions that were under the expected level. Those could include memory, information processing, ability to recognize patterns and ability to discern similarities and differences. The study also showed that those children born early had more trouble with language and motor skills.

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