'Hormone Link' To Poor Maths Performance

'Hormone Link' To Poor Maths Performance
By James Mullan
Do your children attend a Singapore school? Take our survey and help other parents.
WhichSchoolAdvisor's annual school survey.
LET'S GO

Children born to mothers with low levels of thyroid hormones during pregnancy are almost twice as likely to do badly in maths in early primary school, a study has found.

Those children whose mothers have low levels of thyroxine are 1.9 times as likely to have trouble with these tests when they reach school age compared to those born to healthy mothers, according to the study, which is being presented at European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Annual Meeting in Dublin

Researchers from the VU University Medical Centre in The Netherlands studied almost 1,200 children from birth to age five - when they assessed their test scores for language and arithmetic. They also monitored the mothers' hormone levels when they were 12 weeks pregnant.The youngsters born to mothers with low levels of thyroxine were found to have lower test scores in maths but their language tests were not affected.

Low levels of thyroxine in pregnant women are already linked to poor mental development in infancy, possibly leading to learning difficulties and reduced physical growth.

"Whether these problems persist into adulthood remains to be seen," said lead author Dr Martijn Finken. "We will continue to follow these children to answer this next big question."

Comments
Latest Singapore articles
New Schools

New: An Alternative, Affordable Primary!

A new primary school has opened in Singapore with annual tuition fees of just $14,900. Lo…

Which Curriculum

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award: What, Why & How?

The blisters, putting up a tent in the pouring rain, or the challenge of scaling a mounta…

Society

Covid-19 Tracing App Compulsory for Students

From December, all students aged seven and above at local and international schools …

Courses & Curricula

IB Exams 2020-21: What You Need To Know

The Covid-19 pandemic continues, and it has been nearly a year of disruption to learning,…

Secondary Schools

Mock Exams to be 'Plan B' for A Levels, GCSEs

‘Rigorous’ mock A level and GCSE exams are to be held this winter as part of…

Choosing A School

Which International Schools are in East Singapore?

A quieter corner of Singapore with lots of natural beauty, the East  is a largely r…

School Performance

Autumn 2020: What’s New in Singapore’s Schools?

All children below the age of six are no longer legally required to wear masks; the cut-o…

School Fees

Singapore School Scholarships, Discounts, Waivers

The cost of an education has never been such a talking point. In the current climate of c…

0 Schools Selected
keyboard_arrow_down keyboard_arrow_up
Your selection Clear All