Premature babies
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Premature babies

Erin Dean Freelance health writer

Essential facts

Almost 49,000 babies are born preterm, or before 37 weeks’ gestation in the UK, every year. About 5% of these are before 28 weeks’ gestation. Preterm birth is associated with an increased risk of developmental problems and disorders, including developmental challenges, physical, sensory, cognitive and learning disorders and emotional and behavioural problems. These may extend into adolescence and can be lifelong.

Learning Disability Practice. 20, 6, 12-12. doi: 10.7748/ldp.20.6.12.s14

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