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Doctor insights on: Can Antibiotics Cause Congenital Heart Defects In My Unborn Child

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Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Can drinking while pregnant contribute to congenital heart defects and heart failure in my child?

Can drinking while pregnant contribute to congenital heart defects and heart failure in my child?

Yes: The frequency of heart defects including a hole between the upper and or lower heart chamber is increased among those with fetal alcohol exposure. More intense exposure during the first weeks of pregnancy would be more likely to effect heart formation. These defects can also occur without alcohol exposure during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can smoking while pregnant contribute to congenital heart defects and heart failure in my child?

Can smoking while pregnant contribute to congenital heart defects and heart failure in my child?

Yes: An association between smoking during pregnancy and congenital heart defects has been demonstrated. This is one the many problems that can occur due to smoking during pregnancy. Smoking while pregnant also increases the risk for preterm birth, low birth weight, asthma, sudden infant death syndrome and other health issues. ...Read more

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Which heart conditions can affect children after birth?

Which heart conditions can affect children after birth?

Too broad a question: Heart conditions that cause babys to turn blue are the right to left shunts tha lets blood bypass the lungs and doesnt get oxygenated. The person looks blue called cyanosis. Tettrology of fallot, transposition of great vessels , vsd with flow reversal called esinmengers syndrome. Are a few of such conditions. ...Read more

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What damage can congenital malaria infection to my unborn child?

What damage can congenital malaria infection to my unborn child?

None to severe: Congenital malaria can affect the baby's size at birth and can increase risk for miscarriage, still born, or preterm. Also if brn with malaria, can become anemic, lethargic, poor feeding. ...Read more

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How does a baby with congenital heart disease affect the family its born in too ?

How does a baby with congenital heart disease affect the family its born in too ?

Depends: Some problems are relatively simple to fix and after repair will be just fine and require little additional concern. More severe conditions may require multiple surgical procedures and require the allocation of major financial and emotional resources with expected increased stress levels. And some children will never be ok or will die. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can there be a bright future for children born with heart defects such as congenital heart disease?

Can there be a bright future for children born with heart defects such as congenital heart disease?

Yes: Treatment options exist for almost every congenital heart defect, particularly if the child is otherwise healthy. Milder forms will require no special care. More severe forms will require surgical repair, or even multiple surgeries. Even children born with only two out of four cardiac chambers have a increasingly favorable likelihood of growing to adulthood. ...Read more

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Can toxoplasmosis infection in a man cause birth defects?

Can toxoplasmosis infection in a man cause birth defects?

Unlikely: Toxoplasmosis toxicity to the fetus causing birth defects is due to the organism traveling across the placenta. So it requires the mother to be infected. Toxoplasmosis is not transmitted by sexual contact. ...Read more

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How many babies with heart defect have bad chromosomes?

How many babies with heart defect have bad chromosomes?

Heart Defects: Not all babies born with heart problems have problems with their chromosomes, however, there is an association of chromosomal abnormalities such as down's syndrome, trisomy 21, with cardiac abnormalities. Hope this helps you. ...Read more

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Can the ultrasound reveal any problems with my unborn child?

Can the ultrasound reveal any problems with my unborn child?

Yes: Hi, many abnormalities can be diagnosed by a high level or level ii ultrasound. These scans are most often performed by obgyn's with special training called maternal fetal medicine doctors or mfm or perinatologist. They have attended special training in obstetrics and specialize in high level ultrasound. A scan between 17 and 22 weeks is now considered standard of care by most. ...Read more

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How does a baby with congenital heart disease effect the family its born into ?

How does a baby with congenital heart disease effect the family its born into ?

As any Baby..: Any new born baby brings joy and stress to their new parents and family. You do not mention what type of congenital heart disease, as they vary in severity from very mild to very severe. The level of care an impact to the family dynamics will be affected depending on this. Surround yourself with a good base of support and a medical team to care for the medical aspect. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Could being born with a heart defect that require open heart surgery cause mental retardation?

Could being born with a heart defect that require open heart surgery cause mental retardation?

Complex issue: Kids who have a normal intellect at birth tend to lag far behind their age equivalent peers on academic progress if they have complex congenital heart disease, this disparity tends to increase with increased time for hospital care and away from school. For others, the chd is just one parameter of a genetic or chromosome disorder that has reduced intellectual abilities to start with. ...Read more

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How is it possible I have heart failure at the age of 20 years old with no birth defects or heart problems from birth?

How is it possible I have heart failure at the age of 20 years old with no birth defects or heart problems from birth?

Depends on variables: Heart failure requires that it not keep up with the metabolic demands of the body by pumping nutrients around at an appropriate level for need. If your heart is injured by infection or otherwise (drug, injury) it would begin to fail. My first thought would be an infectious process.If the docs haven't found a reason they should keep looking. ...Read more

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Congenital heart diseases in parents -> what risk in fetuses?

Congenital heart diseases in parents -> what risk in fetuses?

One~4%both~6-8: Chd is polygenic= influenced by multiple genes and not directly passed on. The type of the parents chd is not necessarily one seen in the offspring. ...Read more

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Can chlamydia cause ureidopropionase deficiency in an unborn child?

Can chlamydia cause ureidopropionase deficiency in an unborn child?

No: The genetic disorder beta-ureidopropionase deficiency is caused by gene mutations. It is recessive, meaning that both genes have a mutation in order for the disease to occur. That usually means a baby gets one mutated gene from each parent (one from the egg, one from the sperm). ...Read more

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Congenital Heart Disease (Definition)

Congenital heart disease includes heart problems/abnormalities present at birth. This can include septal defects (holes), abnormality of heart valves and rhythm ...Read more