Dr. Joy Lawn, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who led the team of researchers, said that if a prematurely born boy and a prematurely born girl are born at the same gestational age, the boy is going to be at higher risk of death or disability, CBS News reported.
She said that girls walk sooner, talk sooner and develop more quickly than boys.
Lawn said that for a preterm baby, the difference of a few days maturity between a boy and a girl could mean the difference between major lung complications or not.
The study also found that full-term boys were likelier to experience other health problems including birth complications.
The study has been published in the journal Pediatric Research.
--ANI (Posted on 16-11-2013)