Some Types of Maternal Infection Can Cause Autism

Maternity is a special period of time in the life of every woman. It’s a nine month long expectation for a little miracle, but also it is also a time when women are vulnerable and fragile.

On June 7th, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, publisher resent studies results based on data from over 4.6 million children, more than 46000 of whom have autism. The studies showed that severe infection during pregnancy increase the risk of having an autistic child by 12% on average. The time, type, site and severity of an infection multiply its impact on autism risk. The researchers discovered that the infection during the first trimester doesn’t have a significant impact on autism development, but when it occurs during the second or third trimester, it increases the risk of autism by 13-14%.

Bacteria, parasites, fungi and unknown pathogens increase autism risk in children by 18% or more. Interesting enough, but this recent study refuted the suggestion that influenza can cause autism. The researches determined that those infections that affect genitals, urinary tract and skin are linked to autism and those that affect digestive or respiratory systems are not. Because genital and urinary tract infection can affect the development of the fetal in the immediate nearness to the womb and skin infection can be a sign that there is a problem with the immune system.

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