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A 53-year-old member asked:

Can antibiotics cause congenital heart defects in my unborn child?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Probably not: Each antibiotic should be considered individually.
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Possilbly: It depends on the specific drug.
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Dr. Carlen Fifer
30 years experience
Likely no: There are a few medications that cause heart defects in the baby when a pregnant mother takes them. Most antibiotics have been studied and do not cause heart defects. However, it is always important to check with your OB before taking any medications when you are pregnant.
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology 17 years experience
Possibly: Each medicine has specific risks in terms of causing birth defects. Some types--nitrofurantoins (one of multiple examples) which are used for UTIs--have been shown to be associated with fetal heart defects. This does NOT mean there is a direct cause and effect relationship though. Please discuss any specific concerns with your doctor/obstetrician.
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Are congenital heart defects caused by hot tubs?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
They can be,: Saunas can increase the maternal core temperature and lead to fetal anatomical defects, particularly open neural tube and cardiac.
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