‘Fever during pregnancy increases chances of autistic child’

‘Fever during pregnancy increases chances of autistic child’

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Women during their pregnancy suffer from fever, or increase, would have more chance to have a child that autism has.

According to research from Columbia university, where 95.754 Norwegian children were examined who were born between 1999 and 2009.

15.700 have a mother who had fever received during the pregnancy. In this group were 583 children found that have autism.

The study, published in Molecular Psychiatry, showed that the risk of autism with a 34 percent higher when women during their pregnancy suffer from a mild fever. This risk rose to 40 percent when they have fever were given during the second trimester.


Women who three or more times a fever were given after the twelfth week of their pregnancy, saw the chance of having a child with autism even more than triple.

The researchers will a new study, off which there are also blood tests be done during and after pregnancy, in order to further investigate the extent to which fever and infections may contribute to an autism diagnosis.

This is not the first time that research has shown that fever during pregnancy may lead to a child with autism, but it is the most widespread research to date, report the authors of the study.

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