ON THE SPECTRUM
Study found babies had a 35 percent greater risk.
Baby boys born through induced or augmented births had a 35 percent greater risk of autism than babies born without intervention, according to research done by JAMA Pediatrics. Male babies seem to be more affected than baby girls: the study shows that 1.3 percent of male children were diagnosed with autism over the course of the study compared with 0.4 percent of females. The study showed that those children later diagnosed with autism more often endured some form of “fetal distress” during birth. Although multiple issues can contribute to higher autism risk—the woman’s health, the unborn child’s health, fetal distress, and medications/drugs in the mother or child’s system—fetal distress is most closely linked to autism. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 50 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism or a related disorder.