Preemies face some risk of psychiatric disorders

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Results of a Swedish population-wide study hint that children born prematurely have some risk of developing anxiety, depression or other psychiatric disorder in adolescence and young adulthood.

Children born “preterm” should therefore be watched more closely for these disorders, the investigators suggest.

Among 545,628 Swedish residents born in the 1970s and followed up until 23 to 29 years of age, Dr. Karolina Lindstrom from Sachs Children’s Hospital, Stockholm, and colleagues observed a stepwise increase in psychiatric hospital admissions with an increasing degree of preterm birth.

A normal pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. Lindstrom’s team found that 3.5 percent of subjects born moderately preterm at 29 to 32 weeks of pregnancy and 5.2 percent born very preterm at 24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy had been hospitalized because of a psychiatric disorder.

They report their finding in the January 2009 issue of Pediatrics.

Compared with those born at 40 weeks, the risk for psychiatric disorders was 68 percent higher in the very preterm group (birth at 24 to 32 weeks), 21 percent higher in the moderately preterm group

(birth at 33 to 36 weeks), and only 8 percent higher in the early term group (birth at 37 to 38 weeks).

Alcohol- and drug-related hospital admissions were not more common in adolescent and young adult ex-preterm infants. “These results,” Lindstrom and colleagues note, “are in line with previous studies reporting that addictive behavior is not an important problem in this group.”

The investigators conclude, based on their findings, that adolescent and young adults who were born prematurely are a group “in need of more attention in research and secondary prevention” of psychiatric morbidity.

SOURCE: Pediatrics, January 2009.

Source

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Related Posts:


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Infants born prematurely at very low birth weights who are fed a special enriched formula, rather than standard formula, show better growth and bone mineral content during the first 2 months after hospital discharge, according to a study from France. The beneficial effects demonstrated in the present study and previous studies

Full Post: Enriched formula has lasting benefits for preemies
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Infants born with a congenital heart defect that goes uncorrected have a much greater risk of dying than their counterparts who have the heart defect corrected, suggest results of a new study. The birth heart defect known as patent ductus arteriosus, or PDA, afflicts mainly infants who are born very prematurely.

Full Post: Uncorrected heart defect ups risk of infant death
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Among pregnant women at higher-than- average risk of premature delivery, those who are overweight or obese seem to be afforded some protection, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of 253 women who were followed during pregnancy, those who were overweight or obese had a far lower rate of preterm delivery

Full Post: Overweight women have lower risk of premature birth
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

By Joene Hendry NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women with low levels of education are nearly twice as likely as their more educated peers to give birth prematurely, researchers from the Netherlands report. However, most of the risk can be attributed to the disadvantages that come with poor education, rather than educational level itself. In fact, as

Full Post: Education level linked to risk of preterm birth
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who suffer the stress of a death or serious illness of a loved one shortly before becoming pregnant may have an increased risk of premature delivery, a large study suggests. The findings, published in the journal Human Reproduction, add to evidence that severe stress can contribute to pregnancy

Full Post: Severe pre-pregnancy stress tied to preterm birth

Site Navigation

Most Read

Search