A 34-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

why are some babies are born with birth defects ?

1 doctor answer
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Many reasons.: Genetic, environmental, drug teratogenicity, accidental factors all can cause birth defects. 2-4% of all liveborns in the us have a major or minor anomaly at birth. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily starting at least 3-12 months before conception to prevent >90% of open neural tube defects and >75% of cardiac defects!
Answered on Dec 18, 2014
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Riney
36 years experience Pediatrics
Infor availiable: Slight increase was undoubtably explained to you, check your contract. Birth defects also can occur in non ivf kids as well as learning disabilities. ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott McLean
34 years experience Clinical Genetics
No: Children born to us servicemembers do have birth defects, but not more often than any other group: 3/100 births. These questions about parents' expos ... Read More
3
3 thanks
A male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes and no: They would mature, but not resolve.The posterior urethral valve or valves is a birth defect in the formation of the outflow tract.About 95% of cases a ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danae Steele
30 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
About 3%: About 3 out of every 100 babies are born with some type of birth defect. Some can be very minor, and some are more serious. Some disease (like diabe ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month