Children whose mothers were given an epidural during labor may face a slightly heightened risk of autism, a large, new study suggests.
Researchers found that the rate of autism was a little higher among those kids, versus their peers whose mothers did not get epidural pain relief during childbirth: 1.9% versus 1.3%.
The reasons for the difference are not yet known. And experts stressed that the findings do not prove epidurals directly raise the odds of a future autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis.
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