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Infants of older fathers are at greater risk of birth complications

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 01 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4595

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Association of paternal age with perinatal outcomes

  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. BMJ

Delaying fatherhood affects the health of both infants and mothers, a study in The BMJ has found.1

While the absolute risks remain low, the researchers emphasised the importance of including men in preconception care and the need to further investigate the public health implications of rising paternal age.

The few studies that have looked at the effects of the age of fathers have focused mainly on the risk of congenital diseases in infants.

In the latest study, researchers at Stanford University in California accessed data on all 40 529 905 live births that took place in the US between 2007 and 2016.

They found that as …

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