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Can watching tv as an infant lead to brain damage?

Can watching tv as an infant lead to brain damage?

No: It can take away time that a baby should be spending exploring his environment and learning how to communicate. I would not recommend tv time for infants. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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What is the initial treatment, by the emt's, for brain injury in an infant to prevent further brain damage?

What is the initial treatment, by the emt's, for brain injury in an infant to prevent further brain damage?

ABC's: Airway, breathing, circulation. These are the tenets of "in the field" first aid. They establish an airway (can be basic or actual endotracheal tube), breathing (mouth to mouth or bag/mask ventilation can also give oxygen) and (circulation: chest compressions)... That is generally all that is at their disposal. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an unremarkable normal brain MRI for an infant that endured a brain trauma? If it's normal does it rule out brain damage?

Is it possible to have an unremarkable normal brain MRI for an infant that endured a brain trauma? If it's normal does it rule out brain damage?

Yes and No: First question a definite YES....not only infant...ANYONE....people suffer traumatic brain injuries all the time clinically but have normal MRI's and certainly it is also true that a normal MRI does not rule out brain injury since we cannot see all the possible ways a brain can be injured using MRI. There are newer sequence acquisitions that are getting around that problem though but not right now ...Read more

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Can an infant ever recover from brain damage from bacterial encephalitis?

Infant plasticity: While an adult with an identical injury may be stuck when injured nerves cannot heal, an infant has better healing powers & may be able to rewire past injured areas.Since their system had not completed adult wiring at the time of injury their "plasticity" makes better healing possible.I have seen some remarkable improvements in kids over the years when many held little hope.Improvement is possible. ...Read more

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I'm 35w pregnant and my 21m old fell on what i think is my babies head. Could he harm her in there and cause any brain damage to her?

I'm 35w pregnant and my 21m old fell on what i think is my babies head. Could he harm her in there and cause any brain damage to her?

Unlikely: Think of a watermelon in a pool. It bounces around in the water & any direct hit would push it out of the way. Same thing happens in your womb. Babies head is surrounded by water & flexible tissues. Car crash=bad injury but kid bumping yo=not so much. ...Read more

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What will cause term baby brain damage?

What will cause term baby brain damage?

Many R unexplained: Results from > 50, 000 pregnancies reported in the late 70's (nelson et al.)showed > 50% of cerebral palsy cases had normal pregnancy, labor& delivery. Infants are born with true knots in the cord & many have loops of cord tight about the neck. Some have hx of maternal infection, drug exposures etc. Contrary to the lunch tv adds, most are not caused by drs. ...Read more

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What are the signs of permanent brain damage?

What are the signs of permanent brain damage?

Variable: The most common signs are neurological deficits like loss of motor function including loss of strength or loos of balance and coordination or loss of sensation. Other symptoms can be loss of various cognitive functions like memory or speech. Injury to the brain can also cause changes in personality. ...Read more

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How many minutes does it take for brain damage to occur if a baby isn't breathing?

How many minutes does it take for brain damage to occur if a baby isn't breathing?

It depends: Brain damage does not occur unless there is a significant loss of oxygen and/or other vital nutrients to the brain. Cessation of breathing (apnea) per se does not cause brain damage unless the oxygen level in the blood falls to dangerously low levels for a prolonged period of time. Even if apneic, oxygen levels can be sustained in the blood through other means, for many minutes, or even hours. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and side effects as the child grows older of early brain damage that wasn't diagnosed?

What are the symptoms and side effects as the child grows older of early brain damage that wasn't diagnosed?

Depends on variables: Depends on which areas were involved and the babies abilities to work around the injury.Different from a mature adult brain, a babies brain has some flexibility in routing new wiring to make up for injuries.Some kids will nor show deficits until we expect to see a function, like walking well, or reading, etc. ...Read more

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Can hypercapnia cause brain damage to a baby?

Can hypercapnia cause brain damage to a baby?

Hypercapnia...: ...Is usually accompanied by hypoxia, and of the two it is the hypoxia that does most of the damage. ...Read more

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Could brain damage from sleep deprivation as a child be repaired?

Could brain damage from sleep deprivation as a child be repaired?

Brain damage: Sleep deprivation would be an extremely rare cause of brain damage. In any event the brain will often repair some forms of damage and in some cases not - it is really related to the mechanism of injury and the severity. ...Read more

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How much brain damage is suffered after 30 minutes of no oxygen to baby?

How much brain damage is suffered after 30 minutes of no oxygen to baby?

Can't survive: If the brain is without oxygen, it will die after about 4 minutes. If the brain is still alive after 30 minutes, that brain was getting oxygen. ...Read more

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How many minutes without oxygen does it take before a child suffers permanent brain damage?

How many minutes without oxygen does it take before a child suffers permanent brain damage?

Varies: Depends on whether the deprivation is complete or not. The brain uses 20% of oxygen with every breatn taken because it is the most metabolically tissue in the body.Complete deprivation will kill the lower part of the brain in seconds. ...Read more

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Does oxygen desaturation on a long-haul flight (13.5 hours) cause any sort of brain damage to a baby? I've read they go as low as 80% and lower.

Odd comment: Babies with a normal lung structure will maintain normal oxygen levels on a long flight the same way any adult or older child would. There is no drop in the blood oxygen level during a flight. Pressurized air craft are a safe mode of travel for infants. Someone is providing you with goofy information. ...Read more

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Baby shakes head causes brain damage?

Baby shakes head causes brain damage?

Who Shakes Head?: The baby can't shake his head enough to cause damage. But if the baby is shaken by someone else there can be severe and fatal brain injury. Babies must not be shaken! ...Read more

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Is autism something that can cause a child brain damage and go comatose?

Is autism something that can cause a child brain damage and go comatose?

No: Hello. No, autism effects the way the brain works but does not lead to becoming brain dead. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Brain Injury (Definition)

damage to, or loss of, brain tissue due to various etiologies such ...Read more