Labour was induced and child has autism diagnosis
Labour was induced and child does not have autism diagnosis
Was not induced but child has Autism
I wasn't induced but with failure to progress in labour I was given oxytocin towards the end. My mum was induced to have me. Neither I or DH have autism.
Interesting read though!
And by DH I mean DS! Whoops!
There have been heaps of studies on it and even on Grandfathers having their kids later which passes the risk down to the grandkids. It is all about genetics, and the DNA codes in the sperm.
It is alright to say - I did this or that and my kids don't have Autism - but that is anecdotal evidence, not scientific. It is clear that there is no one cause, that many factors come in to play and that not all triggers are the same. But it doesn't meant that they don't exist. They must - otherwise how do you explain the identical twin thing? Two children with 100% exact DNA one has Autism and 70% chance the other will have it too. If it was purely genetic - then that would be 100% chance.
steel magnolia (23-08-2013)
Here's a couple of links to some of the studies re paternal age.
Advanced paternal age was associated with increased risk of ASD. Possible biological mechanisms include de novo mutations associated with advancing age or alterations in genetic imprinting.
Advanced maternal and paternal ages are independently associated with ASD risk
After adjustment for the other parent's age, birth order, maternal education, and other covariates, both maternal and paternal age were independently associated with autism.
"Previous studies have shown that a child’s risk of being diagnosed with autism increases with the father’s age. And a trio of papers published this year identified dozens of new mutations implicated in autism and found that the mutations were four times more likely to originate on the father’s side than the mother’s."
I do agree that age is just one of the apparent risk factors though. And a scientist associated with one of the studies stated that he believes the increase in maternal and paternal ages has only contributed to a small percentage of the increased number of ASD cases diagnosed.
Autism is linked to everything these days. I'm sure if I looked hard enough I'd find an article linking autism to the way I slept while pregnant.
Interesting. My ds has autism and my dh was 26 when we had him. And my dh father was 26 when he had my dh. So paternal age doesn't seem a factor for us.
And I mentioned earlier not induced
I was induced with both my daughters DD1 has autistic traits currently going through the assessment process. DD2 has 22q Deletion Syndrome and because of her deletion is more likely to be diagnosed with ASD ADHD or other mental illness.
I don't believe there is a connection, I think like my DD2's 22q it's one of those things that happen when sperm meets egg and there is nothing you can do to prevent it. My niece is on the spectrum and for her it is genetic. Going to have genetic tests when we see paed at end of month.
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