Parents, you have to take serious note of this. A new study has revealed that children who spend long time in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are prone to higher risk of mental health issues in a later time. The study has come up in Archives of Disease in Childhood.
The study examined children between four to 11 years of age and from 12 to 17 years of age. In the study, the data from the interview of parents and youth were used. Now, the researchers point out that the use of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has increased whereas no one is aware of the conditions that the children develop for spending long hours in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
The researchers said that the children in the age group of 4-11 who had spend long hours in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were likely to have twice the possibility of having mental disorder and other specific phobia. Children between 12 to 17 years of age are also at twice the risk for developing psychiatric issues.
For the study, the researchers used a provisionally cohort representative from the Ontario Child health Study 2014. In the study, the researchers said that the parents gave data on psychiatric disorders for about 3000 children in the age group of four to 11. In about 2500 children aged 12 to 17, the psychiatric disorders were repeated, the study said.