Steroid injections during pregnancy for premature babies linked to ADHD risk

According to a study steroid injections given to pregnant women before premature birth may increase the child’s risk of later behavioral and emotional difficulties.

Mothers who are expected to give birth prematurely are often given an infusion of glucocorticoids, which mimic the natural hormone cortisol. This treatment is vital for helping the baby’s lungs mature, but the new research suggests it may also increase the risk of mental health problems including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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