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January 11, 2022 Tuesday 02:13:23 PM IST

Babies born during the Pandemic Performs Lower during Developmental Screening

The developmental trajectory of an infant begins before birth and millions of infants who may have been exposed to COVID in the uterus, and even more, mothers just living through the stress of the pandemic, there is a critical need to understand the neurodevelopment effects of the pandemic on future generations. A group of pediatric researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center investigated the impact of the COVID-19 virus on infants.

The infants born during this time had a less gross motor, fine motor, and social skills compared to other infants born before the pandemic. The study shows that it is the stress caused by the pandemic and the same experienced by the mothers during pregnancy describes the drop in motor and social skills found in babies born during the pandemic. Researchers say that it might not impair them later in lives and there are lots of opportunities to intervene and get these babies onto the right developmental trajectory.”