I have a photo shoot this morning so this post will be brief.
My mother reminded me the other day that when Emma was born her eyes were slightly yellow. I remember asking the mid wife about it and being told not to worry too much. Within 48 hours Emma was fine. A new study has come out suggesting there may be a link to babies born during October – March with jaundice and autism. Emma was born in January. Dr. Sandy Lowe told us several years ago he thought autism maybe due, at least in part, to a virus contracted by the mother during pregnancy. I had a cold I could not shake for almost six months while pregnant with Emma. I have also read articles speculating more children who are diagnosed with autism are born during the winter months. For those who are interested, Google autism & jaundice for a more thorough review of the Denmark study.
My daughter, now almost 11, was born in January, too, and also had jaundice the first week or so after birth. I did not know about this study but will check it out. I am SO glad I’ve found your ‘blog. You don’t know it, but you are the support “group” I’ve needed for the past five years. I know no other mother whose child with ASD is a girl, and frankly I despair of ever finding one. Boys are so much more often affected than girls — I wryly joke sometimes that we have the proverbial needle in the haystack. Emma sounds like a fantastically interesting and challenging child, like my own daughter. Oh to be able to compile and re-run the good times on the days when the behavior is less than stellar!