Prenatal alcohol exposure and infant gross motor development: a prospective cohort study

Hutchinson, Delyse, Youssef, George, McCormack, Clare, Wilson, Judy, Allsop, Steve, Najman, Jake, Elliott, Elizabeth, Burns, Lucinda, Jacobs, Sue, Honan, Ingrid, Rossen, Larissa, Fiedler, Hannah, Teague, Samantha, Ryan, Joanne, Olsson, Craig A. and Mattick, Richard P. 2019, Prenatal alcohol exposure and infant gross motor development: a prospective cohort study, BMC pediatrics, vol. 19, no. 1, doi: 10.1186/s12887-019-1516-5.

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Title Prenatal alcohol exposure and infant gross motor development: a prospective cohort study
Author(s) Hutchinson, DelyseORCID iD for Hutchinson, Delyse
Youssef, GeorgeORCID iD for Youssef, George
McCormack, Clare
Wilson, Judy
Allsop, Steve
Najman, Jake
Elliott, Elizabeth
Burns, Lucinda
Jacobs, Sue
Honan, Ingrid
Rossen, Larissa
Fiedler, Hannah
Teague, SamanthaORCID iD for Teague, Samantha
Ryan, Joanne
Olsson, Craig A.ORCID iD for Olsson, Craig A.
Mattick, Richard P.
Journal name BMC pediatrics
Volume number 19
Issue number 1
Article ID 149
Total pages 14
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2019-05-14
ISSN 1471-2431
Keyword(s) Alcohol
Motor Skills
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Summary BACKGROUND: Maternal alcohol consumption in pregnancy may have adverse effects on child gross motor (GM) development. There have been few human studies on this topic, particularly ones examining low exposure. This study examined the association between prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and infant GM development at 12-months of age. METHODS: Participants were 1324 women recruited from antenatal clinics in Sydney and Perth, Australia. Maternal and paternal alcohol use was assessed in pregnancy via interview; offspring GM development was measured at 12-months with the Bayley Scales of Infant Development (BSID-III). RESULTS: Any alcohol use in pregnancy was common: 56.1%, of pregnant women drank early in Trimester one (0-6 weeks), however this reduced to 27.9% on average thereafter and at predominantly low levels. However, infant BSID GM scale scores were not found to differ significantly as a function of PAE in the first 6-weeks (low, moderate, binge or heavy PAE), nor with low PAE across pregnancy. CONCLUSIONS: We found no evidence to suggest that low PAE is associated with measurable impairment in infant GM development at 12-months. Further research is needed to examine potential PAE impacts on GM development in heavier exposure groups and through the childhood years when subtle GM deficits may be more detectable.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12887-019-1516-5
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Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID NHMRC 630517
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