There is no known way to prevent autism. Research into the genetics of autism may eventually offer interventions that can correct genetic errors before the signs and symptoms of autism develop.
- Although the cause of autism is not known, some cases are linked to chemical exposure during pregnancy.
- Don't take drugs during pregnancy unless your doctor says it's OK. This is particularly true for some seizure medications.
- And do not drink alcoholic beverages of any kind while you are pregnant.
- Early diagnosis and treatment of PKU and celiac disease will reduce the risk of a child having autism
- Being immunized against German measles (rubella) prior to pregnancy can prevent rubella-associated autism.