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

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 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 46 years experience
Backwards logic: While some babies with birth defects are more likely to be born prematurely, prematurity itself does not cause birth defects.

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A member asked:

Is it true that fluoride can cause tooth discoloration in children?

8 doctor answers22 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Fluoride, which occurs naturally in some city water supplies, is incorporated into children's developing teeth and helps to prevent tooth decay. Many municipalities have carefully added Fluoride to their water. Unfortunately, too much Fluoride may cause discoloration of the enamel. You should speak to your pedodontist or pediatrician about the proper amount of Fluoride for your child.
Dr. Andrew Killgore
Cosmetic Dentistry 16 years experience
The potential systemic health consequences to our pediatric population far outweigh the benefits of strengthening enamel and caries prevention. I have attached a brief Harvard overview to reference one of many potential concerns. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/
Jul 15, 2013
Dr. Anthony D'Amico
Dentistry 54 years experience
In addition there can be potential consequences to the adult population. Some areas have naturally ocurring very heavy concentrations of fluoride in their water and flourosis or dark discoloration is common in these localities. I am a dentist but have never been in favor of medicating a total population to treat one segment-especially when they can receive the benefits of flouride in other ways.
Oct 1, 2013
Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
I agree to some extent with Drs. D'Amico & Coogan, but want to add that injested (drops, pills, drinks high in fluoride, swallowed toothpaste) is difficult to control dosage that could lead to discoloration of developing adult teeth for a specific child. Discolored baby teeth is usually caused from something injested or illness of mother during pregnancy. See: http://www.888-smile.com/Ask_Dr.html
Oct 5, 2013
A 38-year-old member asked:

How is an ovarian cyst diagnosed in a child?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Usually ultrasound : Or cat scan or mri.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Must my child eat a balanced diet every day?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Good luck trying: The balanced diet is an adult idea, & a good one to practice for your lifetime.However it is a bit impractical when you deal with kids. Breast milk is balanced, but get past weaning & you must deal with a kid with his/her own ideas about eating. I like to look on kids from the vantage point of a balanced week rather than meal or day. Before school age their brain directs their cravings & does ok.
Anderson, SC
A 19-year-old female asked:

Im 2 days away from being 38 weeks if I was to give birth right now what are the risks?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
PREGNANCY TERM: As long as you are under the care of your ob, no toxemia, or any other problems anticipated, you are in good hands! good luck !
A 29-year-old member asked:

Echocardiography in adult and kids done the same?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes generally: In general yes however sonographers are frequently trained specially for kids while nearly every sonographer knows how to perform on adults...There are technical differences....Pediatric echos are usually interpreted by pediatric cardiologists.

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