Can Waiting Too Long for Children Make Them Dumber?
Mar 11th 2009By Pamela Jaye
Compared to our parents' generation, men and women nowadays are getting married and having kids at a later age. But are there consequences to having a child later in life? Only if you're a dude, according to a new study, which reports that infants and young children of older fathers don't perform as well on a range of cognitive tests measuring the ability to think and reason. Children of older mothers, however, gain higher scores in the same tests. In addition, the study found a link between older fathers and birth deformities, cancer and certain neuropsychiatric conditions in their children.