Low birth weight child. Image via Wikimedia Commons
Brain development gets affected in children with low birth weight

Children born as very low birth weight individuals are at a higher risk of brain injury during childbirth which might lead to abnormal brain development. Researchers at the Centre for Early Brain Development and Norwegian University of Science and Technology administered a simple attentional task to these individuals in their adulthood to test behavioural flexibility and found that these individuals had a hyper-reactive brain activation which was associated with poor white matter organization, lower intelligence and also anxiety disorder. This shows that low birth weight children have a persistent cognitive trouble well into early adulthood.

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