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How serious is congenital CMV in a newborn?

How serious is congenital CMV in a newborn?

CMV: from being asymptomatic to death hearing loss vision loss mental disability seizures lack of coordination are some of the other permanent disabilities ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Are congenital cataracts in babies of teenagers rare?

Are congenital cataracts in babies of teenagers rare?

Congenital Cat %: Congenital cataracts: cause 5%-20% of blindness in children worldwide. Incidence varies from country to country. Prevalence of infantile cataracts in the US: 3-4 visually significant cataracts per 10,000 live births. More info: eyedoc2020 blogspot com ...Read more

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What causes viral infections in new infants?

What causes viral infections in new infants?

New agents: New babies are pretected to some degree from the types of viruses the mom developed immunity to in her lifetime. This immunity is transient & passes thru the placenta during pregnancy.It lasts for a few months in most infants.Premis don't get as much as full term babies. If mom never had & developed immunity to a virus, baby will be susceptable. ...Read more

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What is the most common congenital anomaly in newborn boys?

What is the most common congenital anomaly in newborn boys?

VSD, pyelectasis: Ventricular septal defects and renal pyelectases are some of the most common and innocuous birth defects in males. Another very common finding is non-closure of the procesus vaginalis that predisposes to later inguinal hernia. ...Read more

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How common are babies born with congenital abnormalities?

How common are babies born with congenital abnormalities?

2--3%, up to 7%: The usual quoted rate is as low as 2-3%. However in one prospective study of the outcome of 5, 964 pregnancies the incidence rose to 7%! the cause of 40-60% of congenital anomalies in humans is unknown. These are referred to as sporadic, a term that implies an unknown cause, random occurrence regardless of maternal living conditions. ...Read more

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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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Is herpes related to deformities in babies?

Is herpes related to deformities in babies?

Herpes and babies: Herpes viruses can cause issues in utero. There are many herpes viruses including: hsv, cmv, vzv, ebv, and hhv6. CMV causes the best described issues with brain abnormalities and hearing issues and could result in cerebral palsy. Hsv tends to be more of a problem after birth but can cause severe brain damage. ...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 forceps delivery cause deafness in a newborn baby?

Can forceps delivery cause deafness in a newborn baby?

No: Forceps delivery can cause problems with the facial nerve, rarely. However, there is no concern for forceps delivery causing deafness. ...Read more

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What causes ear infections in babies?

What causes ear infections in babies?

Usually a virus: Ear infections are really common in kids and usually what happens is your little one gets a common cold virus which causes mucous and nasal congestion. This leads to mucous and inflammation in their tiny inner ear canals. This can cause pain, irritability and fevers. Sometimes bacteria grow in this area too and can also cause ear infections. Breastfeeding can sometimes prevent them! ...Read more

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What are some common signs of childhood illnesses in newborn babies?

What are some common signs of childhood illnesses in newborn babies?

Irritability: Irritability, excessive sleeping or fever may be the only sign of babies illness. Please call if your babies rectal temperature is over 100.4 and discuss the signs with the doctor. ...Read more

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Can pollution cause respiratory infection in babies?

Can pollution cause respiratory infection in babies?

YES...: Air, pollution can cause irritation to the developing airways. Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke, for example, can lead to airway hypersensitivity, hyper-reactivity leading to cough, breathing difficulty, wheezing, which eventually make the infant vulnerable to infections, e.g. Respiratory, ear infections, etc. And chronic ill health. ...Read more

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Are hemangiomas in newborn due to cvs?

Are hemangiomas in newborn due to cvs?

They can be.: I respectfully disagree with dr. Evans. There are 8-10 published papers on the increase of hemangiomas after chorionic villous sampling (cvs). No one knows why this association occurs, but it is probably the same reason as the higher incidence of hemangiomas in premature infants. This is felt to be due to fetal "stress". ...Read more

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Pfo or atrial septum defect==are they the most common problems in infants of diabetics?

Pfo or atrial septum defect==are they the most common problems in infants of diabetics?

Maybe and no: I'm not a pediatric cardiologist and can't tell you definitively if they are the "commonest" problems in infants but, for sure, they're not nearly the commonest problem in patients with diabetes (whom i see everyday). Remember, newborns normally have patent foramen ovale which closes shortly (but may be delayed) after birth. ...Read more

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Is neonatal pneumonia a cause of enlargemnt of the heart in neonates?

Is neonatal pneumonia a cause of enlargemnt of the heart in neonates?

Neonatal pneumonia: No! neonatal pneumonia does not cause cardiac consequences in new born, with no congenital cardiac condition. Sometimes chest x ray shows 'large' cardia silhouette, because of the position of the newborn while taking x ray. ...Read more

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Can incubator cause cataracts in babies?

Can incubator cause cataracts in babies?

No: Cataracts in infants are congenital, metabolic, or from infectious causes. Cataract in infants can rapidly lead to amblyopia and permanent vision loss. Also, white appearing eyes in children may not be a cataract, but may actually be a sign of a retinoblastoma. If your child's pupil is white, it needs to be evaluated urgently. ...Read more

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Can recurrent bronchiolitis be normal in infants?

Can recurrent bronchiolitis be normal in infants?

Viral / daycare: Are most common cause, asthma can present this way, avoid cig smoke at all costs. ...Read more

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What causes myocardial infections in young adults?

What causes myocardial infections in young adults?

Viral/Bacterial: Cardiac infections can be viral(bad luck) & bacterial coming from another infection sending bacteria into blood stream (sepsis). IV drug users inject bacteria directly into blood. Even skin infections can become sepsis. But any pneumonia, GI infection(diverticulitis) AsWellAs procedures that enter blood stream like IV site. Never ignore infection, antibiotics can freq prevent this complication. ...Read more

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Can acute viral myocarditis be a congenital condition in children?

Can acute viral myocarditis be a congenital condition in children?

Yes: Congenital by definition means existing at (and sometimes before )birth. A congenital myocarditis is one complication of measles or rubella in a newborn & may occur with an unvaccinated mother infected in the later stage of pregnancy. Other maternal viral infections may also trigger a myocarditis in a newborn. If the infection occurs after birth, it would not be considered acongenital condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more