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How Do I Find Out If My Baby Is Brain Damaged
No short answer: Some signals after birth can signal the possibility of brain injury. Difficulty stabilizing breathing & temperature, seizures, failure to establish a feeding pattern etc. Normal early course is no guarantee.. Data published in the 80's showed some CP kids had nl preg/labor/delivery & no early signs. A developmental eval & a variety of tests can pick up some problems early. ...Read more
MANY: Neural tube defects: include anencephaly (no cortex) , spina bifida (open spine) and cephalocele. Hydrocephalus is found in about 2 per 1, 000 births. Ventriculomegaly (enlarged ventricles) also holoprosencephaly (incomplete cleavage of the forebrain) agenesis of the corpus callosum, the dandy-walker complex (cyst in 4th ventricle) microcephalus is small head/brain. Various cyst (e.g.Arachnoid). ...Read more
Do babies in utero who are mentally handicap or brain damaged, still kick and move like a healthy baby?
No way to tell: In the early 80's nelson et al.Published an interesting analysis from the national collaborative perinatal project (50 k births) that found that the majority of kids with a CP DX at 7 yrs had been born after a normal p/l/d with normal apgar scores. This points out how hard it is to be sure what goes on during pregnancy. The best you can do is keep healthy and avoid risks when you can. ...Read more
Detailed Survey: If hydrocephalus is detected during a fetal ultrasound, a detailed evaluation of the fetus would be performed in an effort to detect causative lesions or associated anomalies in order to better guide further assessments. Amniocentesis for genetic evaluation is frequently suggested as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In babies when they are eight months old where thier soft spot is do u feel their brain activity meaning to ask is that normal ?
Soft spot: The soft spot begins to close around a year, giving the brain room to grow. ...Read more
Dandy-Walker: Dandy-Walker is a congenital disorder of the 4th ventricle, which is replaced by a large cystic mass. Of course, there are other possibilities as well, but here is a link to get you started : http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/dandy-walker-syndrome ...Read more
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