A journal PLoS One-published study has found that steroids given to pregnant women who are at risk to have a premature baby can increase the risk of mental health disorders for children.
The study has been carried out by a group of researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Oulu in Finland has found that the drugs are given so that a child's lungs can be developed properly.
But the study researchers have found risk for babies who have this drug. The risk gets evident at the age of eight. It is not an unknown fact that very premature baby is at increased risk to suffer freom long-term health problems.
One of the main risks is that lungs of premature baby are not developed completely. Therefore, doctors provide steroids so that the lungs can get ready to face life outside the womb.
In order to reach at the above given result, the researchers have monitored 37 premature babies whose mothers have taken steroids. In addition, 185 premature babies were also assessed, but they were not provided with the extra dose of steroid.
"This study reinforces the need for the very best care to be given to all preterm babies and the importance of thorough follow-up and developmental checks", said Andy Cole, CE of baby care charity Bliss.
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