By CHRIS HOFLEY | QMI AGENCY
A NURSE LOOKS AT A NEWBORN BABY INSIDE AN INCUBATOR AT A HOSPITAL IN MORELIA OTTAWA –
The study – published by Dr. Gregory Moore and colleagues at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, the Children’s Hospital of Ontario and the University of Ottawa – states infants born at 22 to 25 weeks gestation began showing signs of problems including significant lower IQ, cerebral palsy and impaired vision and hearing.
While the risk of developing those issues didn’t change for children delivered at 22 to 25 weeks, the risk dropped by 6% for every extra week of gestation.
“When parents learn that their baby may be born extremely prematurely, some of them want to know what to expect, and we really haven’t been able to give them good answers,” said Moore, a neonatologist, in a statement.
While the study’s results won’t apply to every prematurely born child, they”will give parents a much better picture than they had before of what to expect and consider when making decisions with their physicians and medical team about the care for their baby.”
The study used data from 738 children from nine related studies in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Studies from North America were not included “because they did not fit the desired high-quality criteria,” said a release.