Please read Dr. Reichman’s article in the Journal of Pediatrics titled, “Gestational Age at Term and Teacher-Reported Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptom Patterns.”
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), one of the most common disorders of childhood that affects over 10% of school age children in the US, manifests in early childhood with symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or inattention that affect cognitive, academic, behavioral, emotional, and social functioning. Numerous studies have demonstrated links between preterm birth (<37 weeks), even moderate or late-preterm birth (32-36 weeks), and ADHD and other psychiatric disorders with some evidence of dose-response associations. Lower gestational age is associated with neonatal morbidities and adverse neurodevelopmental and educational outcomes, even at term (37-41 weeks). Despite documented links between gestational age at term and outcomes associated with ADHD, few studies have investigated associations with diagnosis or symptoms of ADHD. To read the full article.
Gestational Age at Term and Teacher-Reported Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptom Patterns. Geethanjali Lingasubramanian, Hope Corman, Kelly Noonan, Nancy E Reichman. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2022 Dec;251:120-126.e4. PMID: 35940292 DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2022.07.042