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What increases the risk of sensory-related developmental disabilities?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Sensory-related developmental disabilities are birth defects. Some of the issues are genetic, and accordingly having family members with the condition is a risk factor. Other forms are related to the mother's illnesses during pregnancy and this means that exposure to some viruses before birth is a risk factor.  For example, having rubella (German measles) during pregnancy increases the risk of deafness and vision problems associated with congenital rubella syndrome in children.

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