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Is it true that prematurity can cause birth defects upon your child?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 55 years experience
PREMATURITY: It depends on several factors. Birth defects are common among small premies when the mother got sick or exposed to rubella for example during the first trimester. Those born with less problems grow up normal.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Backwards logic: While some babies with birth defects are more likely to be born prematurely, prematurity itself does not cause birth defects.
Last updated Apr 28, 2016

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