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Doctor insights on: Oxygen Deficiency At Birth And Autism

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Does lack of oxygen at birth affect later behavior?

Does lack of oxygen at birth affect later behavior?

Yes it can: Many things can result from birth hypoxia: from nothing to severe cerebral palsy and death. Learning problems, behavioral problems, adhd, seizures occur at increased rates in neonatal hypoxia (oxygen deprivation) . Not a good thing to have. If your baby suffered hypoxemia at birth, have her/him watched carefully by the pediatrician for the above problems. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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What are the effects of oxygen deprivation at birth for a premie?

What are the effects of oxygen deprivation at birth for a premie?

Varies with degree: The normal fetal blood oxygen content in the womb is a fraction of what is considered normal after an hour of age. Resuscitation programs for infants and premi's now use room air initially to mimic the natural transition to air breathing but use extra oxygen if there is poor response.Long term oxygen deprivation may result in brain injury, circulatory problems and or shock. It varies with amount. ...Read more

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Is there a link between oxygen starvation at birth (8 minutes) and autism?

Is there a link between oxygen starvation at birth (8 minutes) and autism?

No firm association: The details on any link between brain injury at birth (anoxia or oxygen deprivation is most common) and autism or autism spectrum disorder is weak at best and probably largely describable as vague or controversial by most investigators. There is an article which claims a weak association in males only though. Here is the url http://www.Biomedcentral.Com/1471-2288/11/2. ...Read more

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At what level is low blood oxygen harmful for children with copd?

At what level is low blood oxygen harmful for children with copd?

See below: Children usually don't have copd, this is a disease of the adult. Children may have congenital lung diseases but the physiology of those is not the same as copd. Blood oxygen levels less than 90% are generally not desired. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Vitamin E can increase the risk of heart defects in babies. Prenatal one and dha of Rainbow Light are 60 iu of vitamin e. Is it safe to take?

Vitamin E  can increase the risk of heart defects in babies.
Prenatal one and dha of Rainbow Light are 60 iu of vitamin e. Is it safe to take?

Yes: This is a small amount of Vitamin E and the information may not be accurate. You are likely consuming more Vitamin E in your regular diet. All the best and continue your vitamins. ...Read more

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Who is at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency?

Who is at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency?

Many: The classic B12 deficient people are severe alcoholics and vegan type vegetarians. Obviously, the reason for the deficiency is different in the two groups. Vegans simply don't eat enough B12 containing foods. Alcoholics are a bit more complicated than that. ...Read more

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3 of 4 of my children have Low Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCVH....High RDW. I believe that affect their education performance and behavior.

3 of 4 of my children have Low Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCVH....High RDW.   I believe that affect their education performance and behavior.

Maybe,maybe not: The levels needed to interfere with performance vary with the skill set being reviewed. Many with minor hemoglobin defects have lower values than the norm for their lifetime and function quite well.Lead poisoning can also cause lower values, but it is the lead, not the blood cells that cause impairments.In short, your statement provides nonspecific data so a more specific answer is not possible. ...Read more

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Are there links between premature birth and autism, schizophrenia and/or low iq?

Are there links between premature birth and autism, schizophrenia and/or low iq?

Learning disability: Children born <32 weeks can often have some learning problems. Premature birth as a stand alone risk factor does not increase autism or schizophrenic risk that I am aware. Family history may and other factors- but not being born early... ...Read more

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B12 levels are fine, deficiency in the other b vitamins. Daily b complex at 60?

B12 levels are fine, deficiency in the other b vitamins. Daily b complex at 60?

A full b complex: Use a full b supplement that is 100mg of all b's and at least 400mcg of folic acid. ...Read more

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Will the vitamin B6 at least start up my period with the multivitamins and vitamin b12?

Will the vitamin B6 at least start up my period with the multivitamins and vitamin b12?

Not likely unless...: I don't know why you are not having periods but b6 is unlikely to help unless you have high prolactin levels. B6 may reduce high prolactin. Other supplements may help too but i advise a thorough evaluation, including thorough thyroid testing. See http://umm.Edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/amenorrhea and http://bit.Ly/1bogdxh. ...Read more

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Severe folate (folic acid) and iron deficiency now pregnant. Can I take extra to decrease risk of birth defects?

Severe folate (folic acid) and iron deficiency now pregnant. Can I take extra to decrease risk of birth defects?

Absolutely: Folate (folic acid) deficiency might be the cause of the anemia as well. See your OB for getting the right amount of protective folate (folic acid). ...Read more

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Explain the blindness from levels of high oxygen when given to a premature infant?

Explain the blindness from levels of high oxygen when given to a premature infant?

Environment: The environment that produces normal eyes is the womb.While in the womb, baby's eyes get about 60% blood oxygen content. Early work with premi's included putting them in "incubators" & piping in oxygen, hoping that they survived.Testing blood gasses was almost impossible, but when obtained,O2 use was geared at keeping above 90%.Now they keep it lower.The high blood oxygen triggered damage in some ...Read more

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My ferritin level is very low at 9 and has not changed after 3 months of high dose oral iron supplements. Are iron suppositories more effective?

My ferritin level is very low at 9 and has not changed after 3 months of high dose oral iron supplements. Are iron suppositories more effective?

Not more effective: Your situation suggests inadequate nutrition. Despite a plentiful source of iron, your body is not producing protein needed to handle it. ...Read more

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Folate (folic acid) 53/B12 1500/Both 1.5-2xUNL. Are these levels good for pregnancy? I know low levels link to risks of birth defects. What about high levels?

Folate (folic acid) 53/B12 1500/Both 1.5-2xUNL. Are these levels good for pregnancy? I know low levels link to risks of birth defects. What about high levels?

Needs further eval: If you are reporting the usual units for folate (folic acid) and B12, then they are high. The most likely explanation is that you are taking these in supplements anticipating pregnancy. If so, you are taking too much and should cut back to only recommended intake. If you are not taking supplements or medications, this needs prompt evaluation as it could be related to liver, kidney or bone marrow problems. ...Read more

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I know that iron pills in SCD are useless because of rapid RBC death but what about the trait? Is iron helpful in iron def. anemia with SCT?

I know that iron pills in SCD are useless because of rapid RBC death but what about the trait? Is iron helpful in iron def. anemia with SCT?

Production,destructi: Think of a 2 part system; one side produces something and one side destroys same thing. In SC disease the person has a hemoglobin which has enough iron but the RBC is not flexible enough so it is destroyed more readily by the body. It is not a problem with too little being made (iron deficiency) but a problem with excess destruction. ...Read more

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My toddlers iron level at 9.1 and low hemoglobin consistently even although he eats a diet rich in iron and vit c. What can cause this?

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My toddlers iron level at 9.1 and low hemoglobin consistently even although he eats a diet rich in iron and vit c. What can cause this?

Needs iron supplemen: Your son seems to have an iron deficiency anemia and needs iron supplement. Iron rich diet does not provide enough iron to elevate his hemoglobin level and replete iron reserve. Check with his pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is it true that huge doses of vitamin B12 inhibit the levels of other b vitamins? (source:the web)

Is it true that huge doses of vitamin B12 inhibit the levels of other b vitamins? (source:the web)

No: Someone writing on the internet can put out any silly fantasy and make money doing it, as they appear very learned and caring. This one's just not true. Unlike these people, the scientific physicians in our community and on healthtap are bound by law to tell the truth. ...Read more

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What nutrient prevents defects of the baby's spine and brain?

What nutrient prevents defects of the baby's spine and brain?

Folic acid: It has been shown that folic acid is critical to the development of the spinal column in a baby, and using a supplement with folic acid dramatically reduces the incidence if babies born with myelomengicele. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more