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When you have children it is very normal to speculate as to whether or not your child will be born with some sort of disorder. Today I am going to be talking about the risks associated with having children and the development of autism spectrum disorder.

Having a child with autism is not easy; it takes a lot of hard work and determination to ensure they live a healthy and normal life. But are there factors that come into play regarding how these children develop autism? The answer is yes. Statistics show that 1 in 100 children are born with autism, but that number rises depending on your age.

Your Child May Be at Risk

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Research shows that men who are 50 and older are 15% more likely to have sperm that will create a child with autism. This is because at their age their sperm does not function the same as a man in his 20’s. This results in different mutations that contribute to the risk of autism.

In fact, teens who get pregnant, in specific the males that impregnate females, are 18% more likely to have a child with autism than parents who are in their 20’s. So what does this information tell us? It tells us that there is a higher risk of conceiving a child with autism if you are either a little bit older or too young.

That is not to say that every circumstance is the same. All I am saying is that research supports the fact that there is more of a risk depending on your age. But there are other factors that come into play when it comes to autism.

The Environment Plays a Big Role

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With 5.7 million children tested in five separate countries we were able to conclude that the environment plays a large role when it comes to child development. When you life in a country that cannot provide proper health care you are putting your child at risk of developing autism. This is because they cannot get the care they need to ensure safe growth.

Doctors try their best to work with mothers who are slightly older to ensure that they provide the proper environment for their child, especially before birth. But the risk is still very much a danger and must be dealt with appropriately.

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But from all my years as an adult I have come to realize that whether or not your child has autism should not affect their quality of life. It is still imperative that prior to birth your child gets the necessary attention it needs to diminish any chance of them developing autism.

Be Thankful Regardless

Having a child at an older age, or a very young age, always comes with serious danger. When you are young your body is able to handle the physical changes that happen, with regards to women. But when a man is young they are at their prime reproductive age. As we get older things don’t seem to work the same, all of which contribute to the possibility that your child may suffer from this disorder.

However, a child is a child and they are all blessings that we should be thankful for. Having a child is a privilege, regardless of who they are or what you must do for them. Be thankful for your children, hug them, kiss them, and tell them you love them, after all one day they might be taking care of you.

If you’re looking for more information of the relationship between your age and your child’s risk of developing autism visit npr.com.

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