A 26-year-old female asked:
both my girls was born with really short bilacords can that cause heath issues like autism i have 4 year old and 5 month old?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Johanna Fricke answered
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Having a short : Umbilical cord is associated with a higher incidence of developmental delays, but not specifically autism. Call child find of your local school district for free developmental assessment of your 4-yr.-old & early intervention of your state health division for free assessment of your 5-mo.-old, for peace of mind. If your pede doesn't routinely screen development, use the aap's healthy child app.
Answered on Oct 22, 2013
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