No Adverse Cognitive Effects Seen In Breast-Fed Children Of Mothers On AEDs

Medscape (6/18, Anderson) reports that according to a report published online June 16 in JAMA Pediatrics, there appear to be “no adverse cognitive effects on six-year-old children who were exposed to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in the womb and then breast-fed while their moms continued this therapy.”

The study, which “included 177 mothers and 181 children for whom data were available on both cognitive assessment at age six years and breast-feeding status,” revealed that “these school-aged children scored higher on IQ tests than their non–breast-fed counterparts and had enhanced verbal abilities, even after adjustment for other factors related to child cognitive outcomes, such as maternal IQ.”

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