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The Flu and Autism

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.

Dad's Age Plays Bigger Role in Autism Risk

Researchers in the past have pointed to a mother's age when studying autism risks. But a new study finds that older fathers pass on more genetic mutations to babies, specifically for autism and schizophrenia, The New York Times reports.

Your Baby at 6 Months

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.

Finding Folate

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.

5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Baby’s Odds

We’re hearing a lot about autism these days. New studies are linking dramatically increased autism rates with genetic mutations. Another study links autism with antidepressants and still more studies link it to environmental factors.

Autism Update

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:

New Hope For Autism Prevention

Taking prenatal vitamins in the pregnancy-planning stage may help reduce the risk of autism spectrum disorders, according to a study published in the journal Epidemiology of 700 families with children ages 2 to 5.

Autism Anxiety

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.

Mobility and Constant Motion

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).

Study: Prenatal Vitamins Cut Autism Risk

Studies for years now have emphasized that prenatal vitamins are crucial before and after conceiving. But a new study says vitamins have even more importance: They help cut the autism risk in your baby, the Los Angeles Times reports.