Premature baby research

Questionnaires are being sent to 26,000 families in Wales whose children were born prematurely.

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Researchers to look at health of moderately premature babies

Researchers at Cardiff University are asking families in Wales, who have had babies born prematurely, for their help.

They want ask the parents if their children have had any breathing and health related problems, and also to ask about the child's developing and learning.

Researchers say this will help them to establish if children born only moderately prematurely need to be followed more closely during childhood "than has occurred until now."

In Wales, there are about 35,000 babies born each year and from these about 2,500 are born prematurely.

There has been a lot of research demonstrating the negative effects that extreme premature birth can have on the lung function of children, but there's limited data on the lung function of moderately preterm born children, especially as they grow older.

– Professor Sailesh Kotecha, Cardiff University's Department of Child Health

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