Autism linked to induced labor
A couple parenting stories really caught my attention this week.
A new study shows there is a connection between autism and induced labor. That information can be frightening to any parent-to-be.
Researchers from the Duke University Medical Center made that connection after tracking over 600,000 children from birth. They found boys born from induced labor were 35 percent more likely to develop autism compared to those born from mother’s who were not induced.
Researchers aren’t sure if the labor-inducing drugs increase the risk of autism or if it is caused by the problems that lead a doctor to start labor.
The numbers are startling, but doctors warn this study doesn’t provide conclusive answers.
Webcams also became a parenting topic this week. Some parents use them as a baby monitor, but someone else may also be watching your child.
A couple in Texas say their webcam, used as a baby monitor, was hacked.
They say they heard voices coming from their 2-year-old’s room and soon realized that the voice was coming from the camera and the person on the other end was talking to their daughter.
What is a parent to do?
Computer experts recommend following all security recommendations for these types of camera, as well as securing your home networks as much as possible.
You can also put a sticky note over the camera lens when you’re not using it.