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Prevalence of Autism in Toddlers Born to Coronavirus Disease 2019-positive Mothers

Deepika G Dumeer, Ritu Agarwal, Bikram K Dutta, Vidushi Agrawal

Keywords : Autistic spectrum disorder, Coronavirus disease 2019, Modified checklist for autism in toddlers score

Citation Information : Dumeer DG, Agarwal R, Dutta BK, Agrawal V. Prevalence of Autism in Toddlers Born to Coronavirus Disease 2019-positive Mothers. Journal of Medical Academics 2023; 6 (2):58-60.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11003-0135

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-12-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Autism is a neurobehavioral disorder seen in toddler characterized by speech delay, lack of social interaction, and repetitive stereotyped behaviors. There were reports of increase in risk of neurodevelopmental disorders in children born to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)-positive mothers. This study was being done to find out any relation between COVID-19 infection in mothers and autism in children. It was a retrospective cross-sectional study of 250 children of age 1–3 years born to COVID-19-positive mothers attending outpatient department (OPD) of a tertiary care hospital of West Delhi. This study showed a significant rise in risk of autism in children born to mothers in COVID-19-positive mothers.

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