Research News: Mental Health Outcomes of Very Preterm Children


CRE in Newborn Medicine PhD Candidate, Rosie Yates recently published findings in Pediatrics, showing that being born very preterm (32 weeks into pregnancy or less) can increase a child's risk of mental ill-health. Rosie’s work has shown that at age 13, very preterm children are more likely to meet criteria for things like ADHD and anxiety, compared with children born at term (37-40 weeks into pregnancy). However, it's not necessarily helpful to give them a range of different diagnostic labels throughout their childhood - as the diagnostic categories that they do/don't fit into may change over time.

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