Autism more common in babies who had jaundice

LOS ANGELES The scientists said it is possible that children genetically predisposed to autism might also be more vulnerable to jaundice. However, researchers said new parents shouldn't be alarmed if their infants have jaundice because there's no evidence jaundice causes autism.

In the Danish study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, almost 9 percent of autistic children had jaundice as newborns, compared with 3 percent among children who weren't autistic.

A mild form of jaundice is fairly common and generally harmless. It causes a temporary yellowish tinge to the skin.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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