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How do I find out if my baby is brain damaged?

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

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more


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Can a baby falling out of a chair have a damaging effect on the brain?

Can a baby falling out of a chair have a damaging effect on the brain?

Very unlikely: Babies who sustain falls from short distances most often do not get injuries that are serious long-term. If the baby cries immediately, does not vomit or lose consciousness, those are good signs and any damage at all is unlikely. If ths is not the case or you notice any changes in the baby's behavior, he/she should be seen right away. Otherwise, call your pediatrician to follow up when falls occur. ...Read more

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The nanny said my baby fell off the couch. Can falling off the couch cause damage to the brain?

The nanny said my baby fell off the couch.  Can falling off the couch cause damage to the brain?

YES: It can cause subdural hematoma. Child has to be observed for vomiting, loss of consciousness and sleeping a lot. Consult your md. ...Read more

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My baby fell on his back from the bed, can this damage his brain. He is 16 months.

My baby fell on his back from the bed, can this damage his brain. He is 16 months.

Please ck: Although babies are very resilient, any fall can be problematic. Call your pediatrician to see if they feel you should bring your child in for examination. ...Read more

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What will cause term baby brain damage?

What will cause term baby brain damage?

Many R unexplained: Results from > 50, 000 pregnancies reported in the late 70's (nelson et al.)showed > 50% of cerebral palsy cases had normal pregnancy, labor& delivery. Infants are born with true knots in the cord & many have loops of cord tight about the neck. Some have hx of maternal infection, drug exposures etc. Contrary to the lunch tv adds, most are not caused by drs. ...Read more

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I have searched and cannot find information on brain stem cysts on babies?

I have searched and cannot find information on brain stem cysts on babies?

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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Do babies in utero who are mentally handicap or brain damaged, still kick and move like a healthy baby?

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

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How many minutes does it take for brain damage to occur if a baby isn't breathing?

How many minutes does it take for brain damage to occur if a baby isn't breathing?

It depends: Brain damage does not occur unless there is a significant loss of oxygen and/or other vital nutrients to the brain. Cessation of breathing (apnea) per se does not cause brain damage unless the oxygen level in the blood falls to dangerously low levels for a prolonged period of time. Even if apneic, oxygen levels can be sustained in the blood through other means, for many minutes, or even hours. ...Read more

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Does oxygen desaturation on a long-haul flight (13.5 hours) cause any sort of brain damage to a baby? I've read they go as low as 80% and lower.

Does oxygen desaturation on a long-haul flight (13.5 hours)  cause any sort of brain damage to a baby?  I've read they go as low as 80% and lower.

Odd comment: Babies with a normal lung structure will maintain normal oxygen levels on a long flight the same way any adult or older child would. There is no drop in the blood oxygen level during a flight. Pressurized air craft are a safe mode of travel for infants. Someone is providing you with goofy information. ...Read more

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