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What increases my child's risk for mental retardation?

Alcohol and drug use during pregnancy significantly increase your child's risk for mental retardation. A family history of genetic disorders can also increase risk.

On the other hand, appropriate prenatal care can significantly lower your child's risk for mental retardation. During pregnancy discuss your medications with your doctor.

When planning a pregnancy, be sure that you have received all of your vaccinations, especially against rubella. Some women may need to be tested for infectious diseases that could harm their child. Ultrasound and other prenatal tests can help identify risks for mental retardation. If you have a family history of genetic disorders, your doctor may recommend genetic testing.

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