Babies Born One Week Early Are at Higher Risk for Serious Health Problems

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Babies born at 39 weeks may need extra help in the classroom than those born at 40 weeks.

Babies born only a week early are at higher risk of a host of serious health problems from autism to deafness, research has shown.  A study of hundreds of thousands of British schoolchildren found that those born at 39 weeks are more likely to need extra help in the classroom than those delivered after a full 40 weeks in the womb.

 

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