Expatriates with children might be interested to learn that a link has been found between infants with regulatory problems and the development of behavioural problems in later childhood.
Published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, the study found that around 20 per cent of all infants have regulatory problems.
These include persistent crying, sleeping and feeding issues.
A total of 22 studies conducted between 1987 and 2006 were analysed by the researchers.
They concluded that those who experienced regulatory problems were significantly more likely to go onto develop childhood behavioural problems, like the externalisation of problems and ADHD.
"The evidence from this systematic review suggests that those with persisting regulatory problems in families with other problems may require early interventions to minimise or prevent the long-term consequences of infant regulatory problems," the authors concluded.
Expatriates who are concerned about their child's health might want to look into international health insurance plans so that they can find a doctor they can trust to offer advice.
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