MYTH: Neonatal Complications as a Cause of Autism

Analysis of the literature shows that often those children who will be diagnosed with autism in the future have some complications during childbirth, such as preterm delivery, the need to stimulate childbirth, entanglement with the umbilical cord, hypoxia, etc. 

 

In this regard, some authors conclude that complications during childbirth cause autism in children later on.

 

However, autism is a congenital disorder that is initiated during fetal development, and these complications in the case of children with autism are the result of intrauterine infection and inflammation.

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