Vi­ta­mins of­fer autism hope

The Sunday Times - - NEWS -

TAK­ING mul­tivi­ta­mins in early preg­nancy may halve the risk of chil­dren de­vel­op­ing autism, re­search sug­gests.

Data for 273,107 moth­ers and their chil­dren liv­ing in Stock­holm were ex­am­ined by teams from uni­ver­si­ties and hospitals in Bris­tol, Philadel­phia and Swe­den.

The chil­dren were born be­tween 1996 and 2007 and their moth­ers’ use of folic acid, iron, and mul­tivi­ta­min sup­ple­ments were recorded at their first an­te­na­tal vis­its.

Af­ter ad­just­ing for fac­tors that might in­flu­ence the find­ings, re­searchers found that women who took mul­tivi­ta­mins, with or with­out ad­di­tional iron or folic acid, had a lower chance of their child de­vel­op­ing autism com­pared with those who took none.

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