October 16, 2011

Other Problems May Mask Autism

1 Study Shows Preemies' Autism Risk Quintupled

A 20 year study that followed 862 babies born in three New Jersey Counties from 1984 to 1987 found that of those born prematurely and at a low-weight, five percent were diagnosed with autism compared to only 1 percent in the general population. The word “autism” encompasses multiple problems involving socializing, obsessive behaviors and a intractable silence which affects boys more than girls. Because preemies are more likely to have cognitive issues that can hide autism spectrum disorders and it is well known that an early diagnosis leads to early intervention which leads to a better outcome. And with more extremely premature babies surviving, it is important to be aware that they may be at an increased risk for other problems which will require management and treatment.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: The Smallest Premature Babies Counted

Tags: Autism Risk Factors, Healthy Pregnancy, Preemies, Premature Babies, Low Birth Weight Babies

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