Large parental age gap enhances the risk of autism in kids

Large parental age gap enhances the risk of autism in kids

According to a study, children who were born to teenage mothers and the parents who were too elderly are at an increased risk of autism. There are about 5.7 million cases of autism in five countries. It has been confirmed that the older parents are more prone to have children with ASD. It is highlighted with characters like repetitive behaviour, social avoidance and also communication problem. The main cause of increased risk for autism can be mutation .

According to the genetic research, all these findings were found to be correct. It was the first time when it was found that the risk of being affected by autism depends on the old aged people. Reichenberg said that complete study should be done to understand the complete mechanism behind this. The Molecular Psychiatry Journal showed autism rates among 5,766,794 children and there were 30,000 cases of autism in five countries – Denmark, Sweden, Australia, Israel and Norway.

The researchers found that the children who were born between 1985 and 2004 were diagnosed for autism. The rate of autism was found to be 66 percent greater in children who were born to fathers who were more than 50 years than those who were born of children aged 20 years. The rate of autism was 28 % more in the children who are born to the fathers who are in their 40s rather than 20s. The mothers who gave birth their baby in their 40s than 20s, made their children 15% prone to autism.