Future Einsteins?

Seizure med shown not to affect children’s future IQ

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

(RxWiki News) Breastfeeding babies while taking a seizure medication may have no harmful effect on the child's IQ later in life. 

This is according to a recent study from the Emory University School of Medicine, offering mothers on seizure medication a sigh of relief.

"Our results showed no difference in IQ scores between the children who were breastfed and those who were not," said Kimford Meador, MD, professor of neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine and director of the Emory Epilepsy Center. 

The study looked at 194 pregnant women taking one epilepsy drug each. A total of 42 percent of the mother’s children were breastfed. The children were given IQ tests at the age of three. Those who were breastfed scored an average of 99 on the test, while those who were not breastfed scored an average of 98. The mean average is 100 among the general population.

Breastfeeding has positive benefits to the child (and mother) as it has been shown to reduce the risks for heart disease, diabetes and obesity in children and decreased occurances of breast and ovarian cancers in mothers.

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November 28, 2010
Last Updated:
November 29, 2010