Dr Rosemary Leonard GP
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Infancy health risk linked to early birth by research

Babies born just a few weeks early have a slightly higher risk of health problems in infancy, research suggests.

Doctors said their work challenged widely held views that babies born after 37 weeks had similar long-term outcomes to those born at full term.

The study in the British Medical Journal looked at 14,000 children, born 10 years ago, up to the age of five.

BBC's Breakfast spoke to Dr Rosemary Leonard GP, and Dr Elaine Boyle of the University of Leicester, who wrote the report.

  • 02 Mar 2012