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How do I cope with having a child with birth defects?

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 more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Birth Defects (Definition)

Birth defects is a term for structural or functional abnormalities that a baby is be born with. These defects can be the result of genetic mutations or external insults to the developing fetus, such ...Read more


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Took prozac (fluoxetine). Will I have a child with birth defects?

Took prozac (fluoxetine). Will I have a child with birth defects?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Medications like Prozac (fluoxetine) 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 more

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Child with birth defects?

And your question is: If you have a specific question please ask it. As written this collection of words does not provide enough detail to be an answerable question. ...Read more

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Does slow rising hcg, if pregnancy turns out to be viable, indicate a chromosomal abnormality that could result in child with birth defects?

Does slow rising hcg, if pregnancy turns out to be viable, indicate a chromosomal abnormality that could result in child with birth defects?

Possibly: Healthy and viable pregnancies usually double the value of the HCG hormone every 48 hours. There are many tests that are used now to predict and/or define fetuses with chromosomal abnormalities. Because of your age these tests should be offered and considered. ...Read more

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Anyone have a child with omphalocele and other birth defects ?

Anyone have a child with omphalocele and other birth defects ?

Patient: Have a patient with omphalocele which happens to be a isolated defect. Often it is associated with other defects such as cardiac. ...Read more

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What are the odds that my child will be born with birth defects?

What are the odds that my child will be born with birth defects?

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 more

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Is it true that prematurity can cause birth defects upon your child?

Is it true that prematurity can cause birth defects upon your child?

PREMATURITY: It depends on several factors. Birth defects are common among small premies when the mother got sick or exposed to rubella for example during the first trimester. Those born with less problems grow up normal. ...Read more

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What to do if i lived near a "superfund site", did it cause my child's birth defects?

What to do if i lived near a "superfund site", did it cause my child's birth defects?

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

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If I buy a pill for endurance (sex) from the liquor, and plan to have a child can it have birth defects?

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

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Congenital abnormalities, commonly known as "birth defects," are structural conditions that are present from birth. Common abnormalities include limb or facial malformations, but may ...Read more