Have you ever wanted to instantly know whether your child is going to be a creative genius, math whiz or sporting athlete? Well now scientists believe that you can predict how well your child will succeed at school justÂ minutes after they are born!
Some scientists have conceived an almost unthinkable theory that a simple health test given to new born babies at birth can accurately foretell how well they will do in secondary school.
The people of science unearthed this fascinating theory after they compared 877,000 Swedish teenagers school exam results with those of their Apgar scores at birth.
The Apgar test is one that rates a new born babies health on a scale of one to 10 and shows how much medical attention they presently need.
After delving in to the colossal statistic the researchers soon emerged with a common link between the test results.
A baby that was given a score below seven appeared to be of lower intelligence compared to the babies that had better health from the very beginning.
The link is believed to exist because children with more health issues often need more personal attention to keep them comfortably afloat at school.
It is thought to be of considerable importance to take a close look at a your childs health from the day they are born because identifying early problems could help addresses their needs as they grow up.
Dr. Andrea Stuart, an obstetrician at Central Hospital in Helsingborg, Sweden, reported to Msnbc: ‘It is not the Apgar score in itself that leads to lower cognitive abilities.
‘It is the reasons leading to a low Apgar score (including asphyxiation, preterm delivery, maternal drug use, infections) that might have an impact on future brain function.’
However, if your baby does receive a very low Apgar grade do not panic. Researchers also made it clear that only 1 in 44 newborns with a low test result required special needs learning at school.
Director of neonatology at Columbia University Medical Center Dr Richard Polin stated: ‘Most babies who have Apgar scores of seven or less do perfectly fine.’
If you are familiar with giving birth you will no doubt have heard of the Apgar system. The test has been widely used in the delivery room since it was invented by American Dr Virginia Apgar in 1952.
The test is vital to screen a newborns health and use it as a basis to help predict any long-term implications that may later arise.
Many may find this results are not accurate enough to prove the theory that you can predict your babies intelligence five minuets after they have popped into the world, but the scale of the test is very substantial.
It was the largest study to take place to specifically look at the connection between cognitive ability in the teenagers and their Apgar tests results.