AD/HD More Likely with Premature Birth

Study shows that babies born before 36 weeks are more likely to develop ADD.

Tuesday August 1st - 12:00am

Children born prematurely are more likely to develop AD/HD, according to a recent study involving 30,000 Danish children. The study found that babies born at a gestational age of 34 to 36 weeks are 70 percent more likely to develop AD/HD than are full-term (37- to 42-week) babies, and that babies born before 34 weeks are three times more likely to develop AD/HD.

The study also linked low birth weight with AD/HD: Full-term newborns weighing between 3 pounds, 3 ounces and 5 pounds, 5 ounces were 90 percent more likely to be diagnosed with AD/HD later in life than full-term babies born at the "normal" birth weight of about 7 pounds, 8 ounces.The study was published in the June 2006 issue of Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Copyright © 1998 - 2013 New Hope Media LLC. All rights reserved. Your use of this site is governed by our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
ADDitude does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only. See additional information.
New Hope Media, 39 W. 37th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10018