Autism is a developmental disability that drastically affects how the patient interacts with others and his surroundings. While there is no cure for autism spectrum disorders, studies have found that these five factors can increase the risk of your child developing autism.
A study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry revealed that pregnant women with a dysfunctional immune system were at a higher risk of having a child with autism . These women were found to have higher levels of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. These are protein molecules that help with cell to cell communication in your immune system.
Studies have found that advanced paternal age is a risk factor for autism. If a man is above 50 years old when his child is born, researchers say the child is 2.2 times more likely to be autistic as compared to the children of younger fathers .
Parents, beware. Studies have found that if children are exposed to aerial spraying of anti mosquito pesticides, they could be at the risk of autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays . In fact, children born in areas where pesticides are used are 23% more likely to be autistic.
Studies have found that there is a 2% to 8% risk of children with an autistic sibling to also develop this disorder .
Indian reseachers found that pregnant women who have an increased intake of folate and vitamin B supplements put their unborn child at an increased risk developing autism spectrum disorder. These findings were presented at the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research. Make sure to take these supplements only under your doctor's supervision to be on the safer side.