Do Birthing Conditions Cause Autism?

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While birthing conditions do not cause autism, new studies indicate that certain events during the birthing process may increase the risk of a child developing autism. The medical journal Pediatrics recently published a study that stated certain complications during the birthing process can put children at a greater risk of developing autism. Using data from over 60 studies conducted previously, researchers from Brown and Harvard looked at birth and post birth risk factors attributed to certain events. Their main conclusion was that whenever the oxygen supply was interrupted during the birthing process, a greater risk for developing autism was present.

Some of the data that the researchers had looked at from previous studies were things such as:

  • time of year the child was born (those born in the summer where at a higher risk)
  • whether the birth was Cesarian or breech
  • if the labor was prolonged, early, or induced
  • if the child had low Apgar scores
  • and if the child had a low birth weight

The conclusion was that abnormal brain development seemed to be worse whenever adequate blood flow was cut off from the brain.
While the exact cause of autism is still unknown, research is pointing to a combination of both genetic and environmental factors.

Here are a few of the things that we can look out for when trying to determine if autism signs are present:

  • poor eye contact
  • lack of interest in social interactions
  • stacking or lining up toys
  • being obsessive over certain toys
  • the child not answering when their name is called
  • or any regression in development.

While these signs do not mean that your child has autism, if you notice any of these indicators have your child screened at the earliest opportunity. You know your little one better than anybody else on this planet-if you suspect you are seeing autism signs, do not hesitate. With early intervention there is great hope for a good prognosis.Thanks for reading and have a great day. Here are a few links for you to continue your research should you choose:

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