Study: Premature birth boosts ADHD risk

April 19, 2011 2:47:14 PM PDT
Delivering a baby even a few weeks early could raise the risk your child will have ADHD, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics.

The study found the risks raises with every week a child is born short of full-term.

The risk was said to be 40 to 60 percent higher in babies born moderately preterm.

Full-term is considered 40 weeks and this study found babies born at 37 to 38 weeks had a 20 percent higher risk of having ADHD.

Scientists say the study proves that preterm births carry a significant risk and needs to be given more attention in neonatal care.