Byline: Jenny Hope
CHILDREN born after a Caesarean section requested by their mother are calmer with fewer emotional and behavioural problems, researchers claim.
They say that during preschool years the youngsters are much less likely to suffer problems such as anxiety, aggression and attention disorders.
And they found those born with the help of forceps or a suction cup were 40 per cent more likely to be affected by such problems including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.
The study, involving 4,190 preschool children from southeast China, looked at the different modes of delivery and links with childhood behaviour.
China has the highest rate of Csections in the world with about half of the babies delivered surgically, according to the World Health Organisation.
Caesareans are usually performed when a vaginal delivery would put the baby's or mother's life and health at risk, although in recent times it has been also performed upon request for childbirths that could otherwise have been natural.
One in four babies in Ireland is now delivered by C-section, most in emergencies or at the request of doctors for medical purposes. But about 7 per cent of all surgical births follow a request from the mother for no medical reason whatsoever.
It comes after research last month found regional differences were not down to mothers being 'too posh to push' but variations in decisions made by doctors facing a similar set of complications.
In the latest study, 2 per cent of births were elective Caesarean and 85 per cent were spontaneous delivery.
Just over 500 -- 12 per cent -- were assisted births. Parents were asked to complete a standard list measuring emotional and behavioural problems in the early years, a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology revealed. …