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Cerebral palsy link to antibiotics

18th September 2008

A UK study has linked a small number of cases of cerebral palsy to antibiotics given to women in premature labour.

The ORACLE study found 35 cases of cerebral palsy in 769 children of women without early broken waters given antibiotics. This compared with 12 cases among 735 children of women not given the drugs. However, it a letter to doctors and midwives advising them about the findings, Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson said that pregnant women should not feel concerned about taking antibiotics to treat infections.

 

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