An American study published in the British Medical Journal reveals that fathers over 45 give birth to babies with poorer health.
Between 2007 and 2016, researchers studied 40,529,905 births in the United States. They looked at the age of the fathers and the consequences on the baby's health. The results of the study are published in the British Medical Journal. Conclusion? Older fathers give birth to poorer children. The researchers took into account the time of gestation, the weight of babies, the Apgar score (evaluation of the vitality of the child at birth), the admission rates in a neonatal care unit, antibiotic requirements and caesarean section count. Maternal factors have also been studied: diabetes during pregnancy and the number of pre-eclampsia (syndrome responsible for premature births and intrauterine growth retardation). More premature babiesWhat risks? The health of the baby, on the one hand. The study points to an increased risk of premature births, lighter babies with a lower Apgar score than those born to younger fathers. Fathers over 45 years of age have an additional 14% chance of giving birth to a baby. premature child. On the Caesarean side, researchers found between 2007 and 2016 that children whose father was over 45 years of age had an additional 18% risk of not being born naturally, compared to children born to elderly father between Age 25 and 34.Sometimes, the father's age also plays on the mother's pregnancy, according to the study published by the British Medical Journal. During gestation, diabetes is 34% more risky for women whose spouse (and father of the child) is in the slice.Read too: Paternity leave: soon to be extended for fathers of premature children A test to detect a premature birth?