Improved survival among premature babies, finds study

A new study has found that the survival of preterm babies (those born before 37 weeks) has increased around the world.

Researchers, based at INSERM, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, compared rates of survival - and survival without neuromotor and sensory disabilities such as cerebral palsy, blindness and deafness - in children born alive at 22-26, 27-31, and 32-34 weeks' gestation in 1997 and 2011.

According to the scientists, the research was carried out to help doctors identify which children might be at risk of later developmental delay. They used the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) to assess developmental delay.

It was found that rates of survival without severe or moderate neuromotor and sensory disabilities at two years of age were 48.5 per cent for children born at 22-26 weeks' gestation, 90 per cent at 27-31 weeks' gestation, and 97.5 per cent at 32-34 weeks' gestation.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801839288-ADNFCR