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Maternal assessment of infant development: associations with alcohol and drug use in pregnancy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8970754     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Surveillance by parental concern has been advocated to assess whether formal child developmental testing is needed. To determine whether alcohol intake or illicit drug use in pregnancy is associated with differences in maternal perception of infant development, mothers with acknowledge alcohol and drug habits during pregnancy (N = 120) were interviewed at 11 months' postpartum, within 1 month before infant testing by use of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development. Women with heavy alcohol intake during pregnancy (> 3.5 oz absolute alcohol per week) were 15-fold more likely to overestimate their infant's mental development (P < 0.05), whereas mothers using illicit drugs were 4-fold more likely to overestimate their infant's physical development (P = 0.02). Given the frequent denial of substance abuse, we suggest that health care providers be cautious in accepting a lack of parental concern about a child's development and rely more heavily on formal testing, particularly in high-risk populations.
F N Seagull; J L Mowery; P M Simpson; T R Robinson; S S Martier; R J Sokol; D G McCarver-May
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical pediatrics     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0009-9228     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Pediatr (Phila)     Publication Date:  1996 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-02-07     Completed Date:  1997-02-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372606     Medline TA:  Clin Pediatr (Phila)     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  621-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects*
Child Development / drug effects*
Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects*
Smoking / adverse effects
Substance-Related Disorders*
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