Autism can seem like a mysterious disease that can affect
any family. It causes one to question,
â€śHow do you get autism?â€ť as well as make parents wonder if they did something
wrong to cause their child to be autistic. However, just as there is not one type of autism, there is
also not one specific cause of autism.
There are a number of different factors that could be the
cause for autism. Most of these
causes fall under one of two categories: genes and environmental factors. Usually, autism is not caused by just
one factor but by a combination of different factors. Some of these factors include the
parentsâ€™ age during conception, difficulties during pregnancy or delivering, illness
or medication from the mother during pregnancy, or the baby not receiving
enough oxygen to the brain while the womb.
and Chemicals an Answer to â€śHow Do You Get Autism?â€ť
There has been much argument over vaccines and their role in
autism. Many doctors and professionals
claim that there is no link between the vaccines, while others believe that a
certain vaccine could have activated pre-existing autism genes. While there is no set answer for whether
vaccinations are to blame for autism, all parents are encouraged to research
and make this decision for themselves. An option for new parents is to delay
vaccines or spread them out over a longer period of time.
As far as environmental factors are concerned, many believe
that the toxins and chemicals in everyday products are to blame for causing
children to be born with autism. Again,
there is no hard proof that these products are to blame. However, there have been many
testimonials from parents with children with autism who say that their childâ€™s
autism is easier to handle when they rid their house of cleaners and strong
Are Diets an Answer
to â€śHow Do You Get Autism?â€ť
Another environmental factor to consider is the diet your
child consumes. Many processed
foods and artificial colors and flavors and food can aggravate autism in
children. While switching to a
more natural diet is not a full cure for autism, many individuals with autism
do astonishingly better.
Prevent-Autism.org suggests a diet rich in organic and
natural food. They warn against
feeding children meat that has been treated with hormones or antibiotics. Furthermore, individuals with autism
perform better when the gluten products and casein from dairy products are
removed from their diets.
Preventing Autism in
For those parents who looking to get pregnant again, there
are ways to decrease the chance of autism in your child before you ever
conceive. Stay away from strong
medications, such as anti-depressants; mothers taking anti-depressants, such as
Zoloft, have increased their chances for having a child with autism. Also, taking prenatal vitamins
diligently in your first trimester decreases the odds of your child developing
It is suggested that expectant moms hold off on vaccinations
while pregnant, even flu vaccines. Instead, it is important for moms-to-be to stay healthy with
nutrient-rich foods, Vitamin C, and a stress-free environment. Once the baby is born, it is beneficial
to nurse as long as possible.
There may never be a set answer to the question, â€śHow do you
get autism?,â€ť but researching possible causes and treatments can make you a
better-informed parent. Even
though you cannot change your childâ€™s diagnosis, you can still change his and
your familyâ€™s quality of life.
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