Thursday, October 21, 2010

Jaundice Babies and Autism

This is pretty alarming. I would like to see more research on it.

FROM NBC: Newborn babies diagnosed with jaundice may be at greater risk for autism, according to a ten-year study of danish children. Researchers found full term infants who had jaundice were 67-percent more likely to develop autism.

The risk was higher if the mother had had other children or if she gave birth between October and March. Although jaundice affects 60-percent of babies, it clears up for most within the first week of life.

The study included information from every child born in Denmark over a 10-year period.

FROM MEDSCAPE: Jaundice in full-term newborn infants is associated with an increased risk for autism and other psychological development disorders, according to a new study.

The study, which included all children born in Denmark from 1994 to 2004, found that full-term neonates exposed to jaundice had as much as an 88% increased risk of being diagnosed with a psychological development disorder compared with unexposed neonates.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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