Report: Prenatal vitamins lower the risk of autism


A new study is suggesting a link between prenatal vitamins and a lower risk of autism.

The study was published Wednesday in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry. 

Researchers looked at 241 children who had older siblings diagnosed with autism. Those children have an increased risk of being diagnosed with the disorder.

The researchers evaluated the kids from six-months-old through age 3. They found just over 14 percent of those children whose mothers took prenatal vitamins in the first month of the pregnancy developed autism.

That’s compared with nearly 33 percent of children who developed the disorder and whose mothers did not take the vitamins. 

While an autism specialist says the study is important, she cautioned that it is a small study and the results may not translate to the general population. 

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