Are Babies Who Were Born In Pandemic Behind In Development?


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A study finds babies born during the initial part of the pandemic show a developmental lag

The study by JAMA Pediatrics followed 255 U.S. infants born March to December of 2020 in the country's then COVID-19 epicenter, New York City.

Those babies were shown to have a slight delay at six months on social, communication and motor skills, such as the ability to roll on their backs to stomachs and how frequently they babble.

These findings weren't indicative of if the mother had COVID while pregnant, and it's unclear if these findings suggests long-term delays in development.

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics


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