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How Do I Cope With Having A Child With Birth Defects
Become informed: The common responses to a birth defect runs the list of shock, disbelief, anger, depression and, over time a resolution & reorganization of your life & thinking. It is often helpful to learn as much about the defect/s, thoughts on origin, possibility of recurrrance, genetic contribution, etc. Meeting other parents who have been thru the same process may help, though i find most won't try for years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prozac: Medications like Prozac are part of the family of ssri medications. They have been studied extensively and are not believed to cause birth defects. Their use in the third trimester of pregnancy has been associated with newborn jitteryness. Your pediatrician should be made aware of this drug exposure to watch your newborn carefully for these potential problems. No exposure in 3rd tri is helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does slow rising hcg, if pregnancy turns out to be viable, indicate a chromosomal abnormality that could result in child with birth defects?
If you have 2 healthy children, does that lower your chances of having a child with Down syndrome or other birth defect?
Rolling the dice: A woman can give birth to a ds infant at any age. The frequency varies with age @ 1/1500 from 15-29, 1/100 @40-45 and 1/50 over 45.There are some non specific screening tests available early in pregnancy to see if it is more likely, but examination of fetal cells for a chromosome count is the most accurate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No way to know: Birth defects can have soooo many possible causes, there is really no way to know if it's from your environment. It could also have been from a virus you had during pregnancy, defects in your genetic code/dna, something you ate undercooked, cigarette smoke you were exposed to, a vitamin deficiency. It is difficult if not impossible to pinpoint causes of most birth defects. ...Read more
If I buy a pill for endurance (sex) from the liquor, and plan to have a child can it have birth defects?
Not really: It's the woman in the pair that gestated the fetus so it is the environment that her body provides for the growing embryo that might provide a toxic environment to it. Whatever you take might damage your sperm but that would make those sperm unlikely successful candidates for fertilization. ...Read more
Educate yourself: Because there is a wide range of heart defects, the best thing you can do to manage your child's defect is to learn as much about it as possible. Your child's pediatric cardiologist can inform you about what to look for as signs that your baby may be having more trouble and may need to see the doctor. Learn about the baby's medications, and if surgery is needed learn about it before it happens. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
2-4% like EV1 else.: All couples have a 2-4% risk of congenital defects in their offspring. Some have increased risk - e.g. Obese mothers, pregestational diabetics, epileptics, women with previously affected children etc. Take Folic Acid 1-5mg orally daily throughout your reproductive life to decrease the risk of preterm birth and certain serious congenital defects (spina bifida, anencephaly, heart anomalies)! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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