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please help we don't understand why our baby has a birth defect?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
3% of live births: About 3% of live births have birth defects and the cause is not known in most cases. Quite likely it is not your fault, nor any thing you did that caused the birth defect. It is natural to have questions. Please focus on helping your baby make the best of assets s/he has. Consult the site below: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncbddd/features/birthdefects-keyfindings.Html.
Answered on Jul 25, 2012
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
2-4$ of all babies.: 2-4% of all babies are born with a major or minor birth defect. This is not your fault, however recurrence can be prevented with certain cardiac and neural tube defects (among the more common and serious) by taking 1-5 mg of Folic Acid daily for the rest of your reproductive life (i.e. Until menopause/hysterectomy/bilateral tubal ligation).
Answered on Sep 13, 2014
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Consult geneticist: Most children's hospitals or medical schools will have a medical geneticist on staff that can help evaluate and educate you in the origins of any defect.Some are sporadic and unlikely to recur, others could.An investigation of both family trees can sort out any other issues that might run in your family or affect a future pregnancy.Without knowing more specifics, I cannot say more.Good luck.
Answered on Oct 26, 2015

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