Pregnant moms warned: antibiotics can damage your baby for life

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Pregnant moms warned: antibiotics can damage your baby for life

Researchers find link between macrolide antibiotics and conditions like autism, cerebral palsy and epilepsy

Sarah Knapton

Hundreds of babies may have been born with conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and heart defects because their mothers were prescribed damaging antibiotics during pregnancy, a study suggests.

Women given macrolide antibiotics during the first trimester of pregnancy were 55% more likely to have children with major birth defects, in comparison to those given penicillin, and researchers said the drugs should be avoided if at all possible.

About 3% of pregnant women in the UK (about 22,000 annually) are prescribed macrolides such as erythromycin, clarithromycin or azithromycin if they are allergic to penicillin, to treat conditions such as urinary tract, bladder, kidney and respiratory infections...

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