Babies Who Experience Neonatal Jaundice May Be More Likely To Develop Autism.

According to a new study recently published in the journal Pediatrics, babies who were diagnosed with jaundice were 67% more...
According to a new study recently published in the journal Pediatrics, babies who were diagnosed with jaundice were 67% more likely to develop autism than those without jaundice. Neonatal jaundice is when a baby develops jaundice within a few days or weeks of being born. The babies Danish researchers looked at for the study had neonatal jaundice were all full-term. Beyond being more at risk for developing autism, these babies also had a higher risk of developing other psychological development disorders later on in life. Neonatal jaundice in newborn results in a yellowish staining of the whites of the eyes and skin by excess bilirubin. Most of the time, neonatal jaundice occurs early (2nd to 5th day after birth) and clears up gradually. The authors note that it's possible that prolonged exposure to elevated bilirubin levels might be the cause of the developmental problems they saw, such as autism. Researchers also noted that the risks seemed higher if the baby had an older sibling. Additionally, more babies born in late autumn through winter ended up with developmental issues than babies, which researchers say could be because babies born in winter months are exposure to less sunlight and have a higher risk of developing infections, as they were born during typical cold and flu seasons. What this means to you: Well, it's wise of course not to panic if your newborn has jaundice or is born in the winter. One this is a new study and two not all children are affected by the same things. For example, my son was born in the dead of winter AND experienced neonatal jaundice but now, he has zero developmental issues. Also keep in mind that while autism isn't that common, jaundice is. In fact around 50-60% of babies have some form of jaundice, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) notes that, “Most babies have mild jaundice that is harmless.” You can help your baby avoid jaundice by waiting to clamp the cord, which has been shown to result in fewer incidences of jaundice. You can also watch for possible early signs of autism and report them to your pediatrician. *Source - "Neonatal Jaundice, Autism, and Other Disorders of Psychological Development" Published online October 11, 2010 in PEDIATRICS.

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