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What percent of babies have a birth defect?

What percent of babies have a birth defect?

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 diabetes in the mother), or use of some medications in pregnancy can increase the risk of a baby having a birth defect.

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Why didn't anyone tell us there were birth defects in our precious babies born from ivf?

Why didn't anyone tell us there were birth defects in our precious babies born from ivf?

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. Congrats on giving birth.

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Why are some babies are born with birth defects?

Why are some babies are born with birth defects?

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!

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What's so bad about aborting babies with severe birth defects?

What's so bad about aborting babies with severe birth defects?

Big controversy!: With all the technology and genetic testing that can indicate fetal problems, we are now faced with the ethical dilemma of terminating pregnancy if a severe defect is found. Many people have extremely strong feelings on both sides. Honestly, it is up to the parents, the ob, the pediatrician, and the geneticist to sit down, explore the information and the parents decide.

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Just found out that military babies born with birth defects may be linked to anthrax and gases/ is this true?

Just found out that military babies born with birth defects may be linked to anthrax and gases/ is this true?

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' exposure to chemicals, infections, or stress during war - from vietnam to the present - have been studied within the us military and by outside agencies and contractors. Some anecdotes seem alarming, but no unusual scientific findings have been reported.

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Are tiny babies more likely to have birth defect?

Are tiny babies more likely to have birth defect?

No: They may have immature effects, but structural birth defects are the same.

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Dr. Is it true that ladies who get pregnant by self/home insemination will get birth defects/menatally/physicaly retarded babies?

Dr. Is it true that ladies who get pregnant by self/home insemination will get birth defects/menatally/physicaly retarded babies?

I don't see: How that would be possible if the semen being used is free from any abnormality. Women have been artificially inseminated for years and no evidence of increased birth defects has been reported.

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I feel there is going to be birth defects on my baby. What do I do?

I feel there is going to be birth defects on my baby. What do I do?

Time for consultatn: I would consult with your OB about available forms of testing. There are both screening and more specific tests for a variety of issues. High resolution ultrasound can detect many structural defects while blood tests or amniocentesis can detect others. There is no overall test that could guarantee a given baby does a problem that is missed by the usual screening.

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Big baby, birth defects caused by diabetes? What defines macrosomia?

Big baby, birth defects caused by diabetes? What defines macrosomia?

Not just big.: Fetal macrosomia can be suspected by serial ultrasound in which the fetus exceeds the 90th percentile. This means that the baby is larger than 89% of the babies of same gestational age. Furthermore"macrocosmic" fetus are at a higher risk of shoulder dystocia (difficulty of delivering shoulders after the head is out) and hypoglycemia or dropping blood sugars shortly after delivery.

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What genetic birth defects are associated when two first cousins have a baby?

What genetic birth defects are associated when two first cousins have a baby?

Autosomal recessive: There is increased risk of autosomal recessive type genetic disorders when close family members have a baby together. There are many of them but some examples include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and Tay-Sachs disease.

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Can your baby have a birth defect due to a hepatitis a & b shot prior to your finding out you were pregnant?

Can your baby have a birth defect due to a hepatitis a & b shot prior to your finding out you were pregnant?

Unrelated: Any baby can have a birth defect, but the defects have no relationship to the vaccines. Defects happen with or without the vaccines. Babies with significant defects are supposed to be automatically miscarried, which is nature's way of helping ensure that only the healthiest fetuses develop into newborn babies. Of course, there are no perfect babies, no perfect children, and no perfect adults.

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First baby born with birth defects and died after delivery. Will second one have same problem. Nobody has defects in the family?

First baby born with birth defects and died after delivery. Will second one have same problem. Nobody has defects in the family?

More info needed: I would add that it depends on the type of defects present and whether the risk is based in genetic inheritance. If there was a pregnancy related cause, your OB Gyn physician can further advise. Many healthy infants are born to mothers with a similar history, but more information is needed to answer.

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I'm very worried because I got sone lab results about birth defects and they came out abnormal, does this mean my baby will have sone kind of deformity?

I'm very worried because I got sone lab results about birth defects and they came out abnormal, does this mean my baby will have sone kind of deformity?

Screen vs diagnose: There's a big difference between screening and diagnostic tests. Screening tests on the pregnant woman's blood, eg, evaluate for increased risk for certain birth defects. Tests such as cvs or amniocentesis confirm some diagnoses based on studies of chromosomes. Any woman receiving results from tests should get more information--ask the ordering doctor to explain them or refer to an expert who can.

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8wks preg and have been taking zofran (ondansetron) as needed. Heard it causes birth defects. I don't take it daily just as needed. Will the baby be ok?

8wks preg and have been taking zofran (ondansetron) as needed. Heard it causes birth defects. I don't take it daily just as needed. Will the baby be ok?

Category B=safe: This drug is listed as a category "B" drug during pregnancy. This label is applied to drugs where existing studies show no fetal effect in the 1st or later trimesters. Since there is a lack of large scale studies on this and many other meds, it cannot be put in class A, the safest, but it is about as safe as true research can show.

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

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

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).

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What causes a baby to have birth defects?

What causes a baby to have birth defects?

Birth defect causes: 1- genetic; either inherited from parents or just random chance (new mutation) 2- Infection; toxo, herpes, varciella, syphilis, rubella, etc 3- environmental factors; like radiation 4 - Medications

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My baby's father is over 40, will he be more prone to birth defects?

My baby's father is over 40, will he be more prone to birth defects?

Slightly higher risk: There is a link between paternal age and some birth defects but the overall risk is low. The current scientific explanation is that dna changes occur more frequently in sperm as men ages. The risk is low and increases with the age of the man.

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Does my high body weight increase my baby's chances for birth defects?

Does my high body weight increase my baby's chances for birth defects?

Yes and no: Not birth defects, but certanly some problems. As well as you. You can develop high blood pressure and diabetes related to a pregnancy, and complications to your child with it will increase as well. You baby could be prone for macrosomia, difficult delivery, probably c-section, possible hypoglycemia, and many others in the future.

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