Finally, the higher rate of autism in low birthweight babies can be attributed to the fact that as technology develops, so does our ability to treat and save sicker babies. Physicians are now able to save children who are born at very low birthweights; this hasn’t always been the case.
Additional Studies are being Conducted
While additional studies are needed to evaluate the results, the findings do back up prior research, though it isn’t clear what the relationship is. Researchers do suggest, however, that routine screening of every child for developmental issues be performed during well-baby visits. This can help kids get the support and counseling that they need early on.
It is important to know that, while 5% isn’t a large percentage and parents shouldn’t be overly concerned, they shouldn’t hesitate at expressing their concerns to the pediatrician.
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Rochman, B. (2011, October 17). Risk of autism is five times higher in low-birthweight babies read more: http://healthland.time.com/2011/10/17/risk-of-autism-is-five-times-greater-in-low-birthweight-babies/