Preterm birth provoke attention deficit hyperactivity

Recent research scientists have found that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may develop as a result of premature birth.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is mainly manifested in the inability of the child to control their impulsive behavior and concentration problems. Treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often requires not only bihevirialnoy (behavioral) therapy, but also the use of drugs.

This syndrome is increasingly common among children. In the U.S., found that 3-5% of children have this syndrome. Among the more than one million Swedish children from 6 to 19 years received the diagnosis of more than 7.5 thousand

Dependence of ADHD from premature birth 

Studies show that children born in the period from 23 to 28 weeks of pregnancy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder occurs 2.5 times more likely than those born after the 39th week. Among those born in the period from 39 to 41 weeks, only 6 out of 1,000 children in the future have to take treatment for ADHD. This compared to 15 out of 1,000 children born between 23 and 28 weeks.Premature babies, newborns with low birth weight have always been an area of ​​high risk of developing ADHD.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder threatens to raising even those children who are born 37 to 38 weeks. ADHD risk for these kids is 20% more than those born at term. According to statistics, seven out of 1,000 children who were born at 37-38 weeks, forced to take drugs in connection with a diagnosis of ADHD.

New research should affect and those moms who will elective caesarean section. The closer to the probable date of birth will be scheduled for surgery, the less likely the development of ADHD in children. The researchers recommend appoint cesarean closer to the 40th week.

What exactly increases the susceptibility to ADHD child as a result of premature birth is still not fully understood. There is speculation that this is a violation of a child’s brain development due to his premature birth. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and eventually becomes a consequence of that breach.


Preterm birth – is not the only factor for the development of ADHD. Genetic predisposition, maternal smoking also increases the likelihood of a child faced with this difficult diagnosis.

Watch your health, lifestyle. Then you will be able to avoid premature birth, and the child – development of attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity. Cheers!

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