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Newborns with jaundice are more likely to develop autism: Study

In a study published in the US journal 'Pediatrics' had found that Infants born with jaundice are at much greater risk of developing autism.

This was concluded from full-term infants born in Denmark between 1994 and 2004 who had jaundice were 67 per cent more likely to develop autism.

Neonatal jaundice is usually caused by elevated production of bilirubin, a substance found in bile that results from the normal breakdown of red blood cells.

Jaundice is seen in 60 per cent of term infants and usually resolves within the first week of life, but prolonged exposure to high bilirubin levels is neurotoxic and can cause lifelong developmental problems, the study says.

In this study researchers found the risk of autism was higher if the mother had had previous children, or if the child was born between October and March.

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