Babies born early may have poor health

March 2nd, 2012 - 10:28 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 2 (IANS) Babies born a few weeks early have a higher risk of poor health than those born later, a study suggests.

The earlier a baby is born, the worse the impact on their health, but risks are also evident for babies who are 37 to 38 weeks’ gestation - commonly seen as full term, the Daily Mail reported Thursday.

Data on more than 14,000 children born in Britain was analysed for the study, and published online in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

The earlier a baby was born, the more likely it was to suffer long-standing illnesses, asthma or wheeze and to be admitted to hospital in the first nine months of life for health issues, the most common being respiratory and gastro-intestinal disorders, British experts said.

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