Crying babies linked to behavioural problems
Babies that are ‘difficult’ –who are constantly crying and have problems eating or sleeping – are likely to become difficult children.
New research has found that a fifth of babies have symptoms that are linked to serious behavioural problems in children, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
A review of 22 previous studies was carried out which compared the results of 117,000 babies and children and their eating, sleeping and crying habits.
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The group of international researchers found that there was a link between excessive crying and other risk factors and ADHD, anxiety, depression and aggressive behaviour in children later on in life.
They believe that a baby with more than one risk factor will be even more in danger of having problems when they grow up.
ADHD is a behavioural disorder and symptoms include hyperactivity, impulsiveness and a lack of concentration.
The condition is usually managed by Ritalin, a popular drug choice for the treatment of ADHD. In some cases it may even require special-needs schooling.
Professor Dieter Wolke from the University of Warwick was involved with the research, and said that the risk factors almost doubles the likelihood that unhappy babies would suffer from behavioural difficulties as toddlers and children.
However, experts are warning that parents shouldn’t necessarily be alarmed by the findings and that crying in babies is normal.
They also said that if, after three months a baby is still crying excessively, parents should discuss it with a midwife before rushing to a GP.
It was also discovered that parents of 20 per cent of babies are concerned about how much their child cries and their eating and sleeping patterns.
Professor Wolke did say however, that there was evidence to suggest that a well-regimented routine in a baby’s life was a possible solution for helping to calm difficult babies.
The results of the research have been published in the medical journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.
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We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”