The use of antibiotic drugs during pregnancy may increase the risk of a birth defect in the unborn child.
This claim was revealed in a UK medical study.
London College University researchers found that the use of macrolides antibiotics during the first trimester of pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects in children.
Research published in the medical journal DBMJ examined the relationship between macrolides (drugs used for common bacterial infections) and postpartum disorders such as heart disease, epilepsy, ADHD, and autism. had gone.
The study evaluated data on one million children born between 1990 and 2016.
The study also examined more than 82,000 children whose mothers were prescribed macrolide or penicillin before pregnancy.
The results revealed that more than 8,000 mothers who were exposed to macrolide antibiotics during pregnancy.
After analyzing other factors, the researchers discovered that the use of macrolide medication during the first trimester of pregnancy increases the risk of any birth defect compared to penicillin.
Researchers say that macrolide antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections and their use during pregnancy is quite common in Western countries.
He said that the study is based on previous evidence that results from macrolide medication have serious effects on the baby in the womb.
This was an observational study and the researchers did not determine the cause, and they said further research was needed to investigate the results.