A New Study Has Concluded That There Is No Link Between Women Contracting Colds And The Stomach Flu During Pregnancy And Babies Born With Cerebral Palsy.
A new study has concluded that there is no link between women contracting colds and the stomach flu during pregnancy and babies born with cerebral palsy.
A new study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology has concluded that there is no link between women contracting colds and the stomach flu during pregnancy and babies born with cerebral palsy. For the study, researchers examined 587 people who had cerebral palsy and 1,154 people who did not have cerebral palsy. While less serious viruses like the stomach flu and colds weren't associated with an increased risk for cerebral palsy, more serious issues such as chicken pox and cytomegalovirus were associated with higher rates of cerebral palsy. While the findings from the study aren't necessarily new, the study population was much larger than in past studies. "There's not a great deal of new information presented in this study but it is from a large population, which was then honed down to a small sample," said Dr. Bruce Young, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the NYU Langone Medical Center. (Dr. Young was not involved in the research.) The study found that the following factors can increase the risk for cerebral palsy:
- Premature delivery
- Low birth weight
- Family history of cerebral pals