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Apr
26

Emotional problems persist when premature children reach school age

Preterm children have higher rates of persistent and changing emotional and behavioral problems when they enter school as compared to full-term children. And, these problems are likely to persist for at least a year. Early preterm children had the highest rates of persistent (8.2%) and emerging (5.2%) problems, and moderately preterm children had the highest rates of resolving problems (8.7%) (Pediatrics, published online April 21).