Researchers published a new study on Monday linking the amount of iron intake by pregnant woman and the likelihood of a child developing Autism. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology indicated that a low iron intake was associated with a greater risk of autism in the mothers of the ages 35 years and older or suffering from metabolic conditions like obesity hypertension or diabetes.
Iron deficiency is bad enough when you are not pregnant with results ending up with anemia in most cases. The report mentions that with some pregnant woman, the most common is nutrient deficiency, affecting about 40 to 50 percent of woman and their infants. Iron is crucial to early brain development, contributing to nerve production, immune functions and myelination. Which all three of these have been linked with autism.
To follow along with this post for those who do not know so much about what autism is, I decided to add in a little more information to the subject.
If you do know more or are dealing with a child with autism, please continue the conversation about the topic with us.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. ASD, is the most serves from of this disorder, while other conditions include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome. Males are four times more likely to have a ASD than females.
A little bit about the signs of autism: Most common feature of ASD is impaired social interaction. Early as infancy, they say a baby with this syndrome may be unresponsive to people or focus intently on one item to the exclusion of others for long periods of time. A child with the syndrome they say may sometimes fail to respond to their names ad often avoids eye contact with other people. They have difficulty interpreting what others are feeling because they can’t understand certain wordings or things, such a tone of voice or facial expressions. Repetitive moments such as rocking and twirling, or in self- abusive behavior like biting or banging their heads.
This is of course not all the signs that comes with this syndrome and not every child is the same. If you would like to know more about this topic speak with your doctor and there are plenty of articles online to read.
I do hope that this post can be of some information for you and remember that, It can’t rain all the time so keep on smiling 😉