AUTISM: STAY AWAY FROM ALCOHOL – Pregnant women warned




 – Pregnant women warned 


Dr Ani spoke at a press conference to herald the 2019 World Autism Awareness Day organised by the Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan. It was in collaboration with the Departments of Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

He declared that although many cases of autism are due to genes, a proportion is assocaited with conditions to do with pregnancy and circumstances around childbirth.

Dr Ani added that perform babies, traumatic deliveries and infections like meningitis make babies to stand the risk of brain damage that afterward translate to autism.

Children with autism, she declared expresses repetitive behaviours like spinning on a spot, hand flapping, repeating other people’s words and problems using and understanding such gestures as nodding and shaking the head to communicate and often perform poorly in school.

Head, Department of Psychiatry, UCH, Ibadan, Professor Olayinka Omigbodun, said that autism was commoner in boys than girls and urged parents with autistic children not to abandon them.

According to Professor Omigbodun, through many assistive technologies, such children could be helped to reduce the impairments and burden associated with their condition.

Head, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr Tolulope Bella-Awusah stated that there are no available tests for detecting autism in pregnancy.

According to Dr Bella-Awusah, subtle signs of autism that parents might notice as early as six months are when the baby is not babbling in response to the caregiver and a reduction in response to surrounding noise.

Chief Medical Director, UCH, Ibadan, Professor Abiodun Otegbayo, speaking through Dr Tinuke Agunloye, assured of the hospital’s continuous support to for the care of children with autism.

@ Nigerian Tribune

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