A recent study has found that the premature babies are at higher risk of developing complicated diseases like asthma. The study was conducted over the 14,000 British children.
According to the researchers of the study, the babies who are born even a week before the actual estimated date for their birth can be affected with diseases like asthma. The findings of the study have been published in the British Medical Journal.
For the study, the researchers analyzed the health of kids begin from their birth till they reached five years of age. Previously it was believed that kids who are born 32 weeks before are prone to be affected with diseases.
However, it is for the very first time when a study has found that a child who is even born one week before have greater chances of being affected with diseases. During the study, the researchers found that about 17% of the kids who were born prematurely developed asthma or wheezing during infancy.
While commenting upon the study, Dr. Elaine Boyle from Leicester University said, "…. as we have done previously, to think of babies as either being born at term or premature. What we've found is that there is a gradient of increasing health risk with increasing prematurity but this risk stretches right up until the time at which a baby should be born”.
The findings of the study have been acknowledged by a charity Bliss. The Chief Executive of the charity, Andy Cole, said that the findings of the study shows that greater attention is required to be paid over the health of babies who are born prematurely.
It is hoped that findings of the study would pave the way of better and effective treatment of the premature babies. However, parents need not to be worried of the health of their babies.