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Hospital Infection in Pregnancy Tied to Higher Risk of Autism

on Jan 10, 2014

by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN

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Hospital Infection in Pregnancy Tied to Higher Risk of Autism

Doctors, experts, researchers and parents alike have been trying to find a link to exactly what causes autism for many years, to no avail. There have been bits and pieces of possible reasons and causes picked up along the way, but nothing concrete has been determined.

A new link?

Doctors, experts, researchers and parents alike have been trying to find a link to exactly what causes autism for many years, to no avail. There have been bits and pieces of possible reasons and causes picked up along the way, but nothing concrete has been determined. Now, a new study is showing that women who have a hospital infection during pregnancy have a higher risk of having a baby with autism. Keep reading for more about this very interesting study. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The study

The Kaiser Permanente Division of Research conducted the study, following 407 children with autism and 2,075 children without autism. The study found that mothers who had a hospital diagnosed bacterial infection were 58 percent more likely to have children with autism. Women who had a hospital diagnosed bacterial infection during their second trimester were at an even greater risk. The increased risk of having an autistic child was real, but researchers are even baffled by the connection, and can’t yet pinpoint why there is a connection between hospital diagnosed bacterial infections and autism. That is a point that will definitely have to be further researched in the future.

What’s the connection?

While researchers are not able to pinpoint the direct correlation between the two things, it is clear that there is some connection.

“Our findings indicate that although most infections during pregnancy were not associated with autism in the child, there appears to be some increased risk for autism,” lead study author Ousseny Zerbo, PhD, was quoted as saying. “Infections diagnosed in an inpatient setting may represent more severe infections, and these were associated with increased risk of ASD. “

“Though infections in pregnant women are fairly common, in this study most were not associated with an increased risk of autism,” said Lisa A. Croen, PhD, research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research and senior author of the study. “Only bacterial infections diagnosed in the hospital were associated with an increased risk.”

More research needed

Clearly, much more research is needed on this subject. Doctors and researchers really don’t know what to make of the findings as of right now, but they do know that women’s immune system responses during pregnancy can sometimes interfere with the neurological development of the fetus, so this might be a factor. Researchers are saying that pregnant women should definitely seek medical attention if they think that they might have an infection, since there are so many different things that could happen.

“Our findings indicate that although most infections during pregnancy were not associated with autism in the child, there appears to be some increased risk for autism,” Dr.Zerbo said. “It would be prudent for pregnant women to contact their doctor if they suspect an infection.”

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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.

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