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The concentration of air pollutants where you live around the time you give birth may double your child’s risk of autism, according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health.
A new study from Denmark found that mothers who reported having the flu during pregnancy were at least twice as likely to have a child with autism compared with those who did not report having the flu, NBC News reports. In addition, "Those who had a fever lasting a week or longer — perhaps caused by the flu or maybe by something else — were three times as likely to have an autistic child," according to the NBC News report.
Your baby may be lying on his back, grabbing his feet, and bringing them to his mouth. Yum! Maybe it's time to sign up for a Mommy & Me yoga class, our try our baby-friendly yoga moves. Your baby may also be sitting upright without support, or even supporting his entire body weight on his legs.
As a mom-to-be, you want to protect your baby from harm at all costs. Cut out alcohol? No problem. Stay away from raw fish? You bet. But safeguarding your baby isn’t all about what you “can’t” have or “shouldn’t” do. In the case of birth defects, it’s crucial that you add a key nutrient to your diet: folate.
The number of children diagnosed with autism, a developmental disorder that impairs social and communication skills, has been rising—about 1 percent of children in the United States have been diagnosed with it or one of the milder autism spectrum disorders (ASD). But researchers are making strides in understanding them. Here are some of the newest findings:
Anne’s daughter was less than an hour old when she asked: “Do you think she’s autistic?” Her question didn’t surprise me. A lot of parents ask about autism these days as they face one of their biggest fears. This was Anne’s first baby and I told her what I know to be true: “She looks perfect to me. Odds are she’s a healthy, unique little girl.” Odds are, she won’t be autistic either, but you can’t tell right from the start.
Yeah, so much mobility, as I said last week. Tuck has really gotten the hang of crawling, though it isn’t a pretty, smooth action yet. But he is a madman, moving all over the place so fast we can’t even figure out how he’s doing it. We lowered the crib mattress last week because he suddenly figured out how to sit up/try to climb over the edge. This morning he’d pulled a blanket rack over to himself and gotten a blanket into his crib (that’s been moved).
An estimated 1 in 70 boys and 1 in 315 girls in the U.S. now have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a 2009 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Increased awareness and detection as well as earlier diagnoses cannot alone account for the steep increase over the past few decades, experts say.