A 20-year-old female asked:
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my daughters heart rate dropped 5 hours before having her due to an epidural she is 2 now could that be a cause of developmental delays or leg probs?

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Dr. Ashu Syal
Dr. Ashu Syal answered
29 years experience Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
No: The low fhr at the time of birth will not cause any neurological deficit later on in life. Our brain is very resilient esp - in uterine. Anoxic/asphyxia insult at the time of delivery can cause lingering effects. Please explore other reasons for her developmental delay.
Answered on May 6, 2014
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Dr. Julius Mapalad
18 years experience Anesthesiology
No: Without to knowing the exact situation, i cannot comment completely. However, if her heart rate dropped, and they didn't take you immediately to c-section, then i can assume that the heart rate drop was a normal drop secondary to a decrease in your blood pressure, which is a result of the epidural. This normal decrease is not associated with developmental delays or anatomical problems.
Answered on May 21, 2015
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Dr. James Henning
49 years experience Anesthesiology
Unlikely: Not knowing the details of your labor and delivery, any thoughts would be speculation. Almost always, transient (coming and going) variations in fetal heart rate are either a normal part of what happens during contractions or due to some obstetrical issues of fetal position, movement, etc. Why not speak with your obstetrician?
Answered on Feb 1, 2013
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Dr. James Henning
49 years experience Anesthesiology
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yes, certainly!
Jan 31, 2013
Dr. James Henning
49 years experience Anesthesiology
Provided original answer
yes, certainly!
Jan 31, 2013
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
...or pediatrician
Jan 31, 2013

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