Moms’ Rheumatoid Arthritis May Be Linked to Epilepsy Risk in Kids

Some children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis may have higher-than-average odds of developing epilepsy, a new study suggests.

Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis were one-third more likely to develop epilepsy by age 4 than other children. The risk of epilepsy later in childhood was one-quarter higher for those born to moms with rheumatoid arthritis, the study found.

But, experts stressed that the findings don’t prove that a mother’s rheumatoid arthritis causes epilepsy. So far, only an association has been found.

And even if children of women with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher epilepsy risk than other kids do, the odds are still low.

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