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Mental Health Problems - Premmy & Small Babies at Risk? - Psychologist, Counselling & Mediation Services » Psychologist, Counselling & Mediation Services

Mental Health Problems – Premmy & Small Babies at Risk?

It’s long been recognised that children born prematurely and at low birth weight struggle with a variety of health problems, some of them life threatening.  An Australian study reported this year now points to possible future mental health problems in premmy and small babies.

The study gives us an opportunity to pay particular attention to premature and low birth weight (LBW) children if they experience learning or social difficulties in primary school and as they enter their adolescent years.

The results of the study have recently been reported on GoodTherapy.com.  A. C. Burnett of the department of Psychology at the University of Melbourne found that these children are three and a half times more likely to develop mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

“The results of this study, the first of its kind, have significant clinical implications. Burnett believes that professionals treating the physical and cognitive impairments in LBW children should be aware of the negative psychological predisposition that these children possess, paying particular attention to mental health needs during adolescence and young adulthood. Burnett added, “The studies reviewed here indicate that, in addition to monitoring and management of medical and cognitive sequelae, the psychological well-being of formerly preterm individuals should be a key part of ongoing care in collaboration between clinicians, individuals and their families.””

Forewarned is forearmed- this article gives parents and psychologists new information that could be helpful in supporting premature children to close the gaps between LBW and normal birth weight children and adolescents.  With help when they need it, premature children have an improved outlook for their mental health in young adulthood so that possible future mental health problems in premmy and small babies will be mitigated.

Rosalin Primrose  Call: 0424 002 640

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