How Common Is It To Have More Than One Child With Autism

Q: I was wondering how common it is to have more than one child affected by autism?

I was wondering how common it is to have more than one child affected by autism?
-Lina B.
 
Great question.  I often see more than one child in the family having autism in my clinic.  But more than often, I see children that follow the child with autism do NOT have autism.  The difference?  The parents choose not to vaccinate the subsequent children, where as in the families with more than one child with autism, the siblings received vaccines as well.  I rarely see unvaccinated children with autism, but they are out there as well.

-Lina B.

 

Dr. Jerry’s Answer:  

Great question.  I often see more than one child in the family having autism in my clinic.  But more than often, I see children that follow the child with autism do NOT have autism.  The difference?  The parents choose not to vaccinate the subsequent children, where as in the families with more than one child with autism, the siblings received vaccines as well.  I rarely see unvaccinated children with autism, but they are out there as well.

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