The study, published in the journal "Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry" found that those mothers who during pregnancy used anti-epileptics, thereby increasing the risk of the emergence and development of autism and other neurological disorders in their unborn children.
This conclusion is based on the experiment, which was attended 528 mothers together with their children born in the period from 2000 to 2004, the first year in the North-Western part of England. 243 participants suffered from epilepsy, of which only 34 women did not use anti-epileptic drugs during pregnancy. The participants took these tablets, as valproate, lamotrigine, carbamazepine. Some of the interviewees were combined medications taken.
Experts analyzed the intellectual and physical development of children aged one year and three and six years. Some information physicians was obtained from the mothers. They were interested in, did the mother to the doctors about the development of their children, and about their health, behavior and state in General.
The survey and the survey showed that 12 children has autism, and four suffer from attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Another four children were found to have dyspraxia.
Children whose mothers took valproate, were prone to the development of neurological nature. At six years old children IQ was lower by almost 10 points, compared to those children whose mothers did not take any of the above drugs during pregnancy.
The study showed that the greatest number of side effects had the drug valproate. He began to influence the child is still in the Bud, and researchers tend to conduct another research on this drug, as it may be that valproate can provide many other harmful effects.