Studies - PreTerm Delivery / Premature Birth / Prematurity Complications

LD, ADHD, & Low Birth Weight (CDC, 8/08)


QuickStats: Percentage of Children Aged 6–17 Years with Learning Disability (LD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), by Birthweight* — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2004–2006†

During 2004–2006, the prevalence of diagnosed LD, both with and without ADHD, was greater among children with low birthweight than among children without low birthweight.

Approximately 8% of children with low birthweight had ever been diagnosed with LD without ADHD compared with approximately 5% of children without low birthweight. The prevalence of diagnosed ADHD without LD was not associated with a child's birthweight.
SOURCES: National Health Interview Survey, 2004–2006. Available at Pastor PN, Reuben CA. Diagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning disability: United States, 2004–2006. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 2008; 10(237). Available at
[CDC, MMWR Weekly, August 29, 2008 / 57(34);947]