Study links antibiotics to cerebral palsy

September 18, 2008 2:35:38 PM PDT
A study is linking a small number of cerebral palsy cases to antibiotics given to women in premature labor. But researchers from the United Kingdom are stressing these findings do not mean antibiotics are unsafe in pregnancy.

The medications can be given to women in early labor to treat a possibly underlying infection.

But a seven year follow up to research known as "the oracle study" showed a correlation between those women who took antibiotics and babies born with functional impairment.

Researchers believe cerebral palsy is more likely the result of the baby being in a hostile environment due to issues surrounding premature labor.