IQ by 2

By Scott LaFee

September 2, 2015 3 min read

Researchers at the University of Warwick report that the IQ of people born very premature or with very low birth weight can be predicted as early as when they are 2 years old.

By contrast, the IQ of people born full term usually defies accurate prediction until age 6.

Previous studies have linked very premature birth and very low birth weight with impaired cognitive function in childhood and throughout adulthood.

"Some children born very premature or with very low birth weight score low on cognitive tests but beat the odds and improve into adulthood," said Dieter Wolke, who followed and assessed hundreds of children born in southern Bavaria between 1985 and 1986 until they reached age 26. "However, many with persistent problems can be detected in the second year of life. Early identification of cognitive problems in these children may help to plan specialized therapeutic and educational interventions to help them and their families."

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