The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 68 children born every year is affected by an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As the prevalence of the condition continues to rise, citizens are working to educate the public through outreach programs. As part of a campaign to bring awareness to ASD, April has been named Autism Awareness Month.
ASD experts explain there are many contributing factors that can cause ASD in children. Two of the most prominent include:
- Genetics- ASD is a non-communicable condition, meaning it is not contagious and cannot be spread through touch or any other sort of exchange. Instead, it is believed the condition may be caused by the expression of certain genes.
- Medications- Studies have shown that use of certain medications by pregnant women can lead to antidepressant birth defects, such as their children developing ASD. Most recently, HealthDay Reporter published an article that linked taking antidepressant medications in the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) family while pregnant to higher rates of ASD.
Women who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant while taking SSRI medications are encouraged to speak with their physicians.
The Oklahoma personal injury lawyers with Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys also urge anyone whose child has been affected by a medication to discuss their legal options with an attorney. We are available anytime to discuss your case by calling 877-579-6800.