Older Fathers Contribute To The Health Issues In Developing Fetus
Making the decision to have a child is not an easy one to make. It requires finding the right man or woman, and even dating to see if they’d make a good mother or father. But as time goes on, it is quite possible the window of ‘when to have them’ shrinks substantially.
Women are constantly met with reminders that the longer they wait to have children, the more difficult it will be. “The child might be sick in this way; you won’t have the strength for it when you’re older.”
It is no secret that older women who have children may go through the trouble, with the child having some as well. But women are not the only ones that should be concerned with having children later on in life. It is something that men need to worry about too.
According to a recent scientific paper, older men still contribute to the problems a developing fetus may have. Things like low birth weight and breathing problems have an increased chance of happening.
With data gathered from more than 40 million live births in the U.S. that happened between 2007 and 2016, the study found that health problems were more likely to surface when the father was around the age of 45. As the age of the father increased, the risks became higher.
Children with fathers older than 55 had a 10% higher risk of needing breathing treatment and other medical attention. There is also a link between the age of the father and issues like autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Co-author of the study, Dr. Michael Eisenberg said, “Most of the risk with being an older parent probably applies more to women than men, but I think this shows that you shouldn’t forget the man. Men shouldn’t think of the runway as unlimited.”