23 Mar '12, 4am

Premature babies may lag in language skills, have tougher time in school: Study

NEW YORK - Children who were born prematurely may lag behind their peers when it comes to more advanced language skills, according to an international study that involved more than 2,000 children. The researchers, whose findings were reported in Pediatrics, found that, in general, pre-term babies tend to have more difficulty with complex language skills such as reading or writing complex sentence structures as they grow older - at least, up to age 12. The study, which pooled data from 17 previous studies, looked at 1,529 premature children born before the 37th week of pregnancy and 945 full-term children. It does not mean that premature babies are doomed to long-term language problems but they may have a tougher time than their peers later on in school. "While growing up, pre-term-born children have increasing difficulties with complex language function," wrote study leade...

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