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Risk Of Infant Brain Damage
It can take away time that a baby should be spending exploring his environment and learning how to communicate.
I would not recommend tv time for infants. ...Read more
Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more
You're kidding right: I've heard some interesting myths proposed by the anti-circumcision crowd, but this one is bizarre. The effect on infants does cause diminished activity and feeding aggressiveness for a few hours before it reverts to normal. There are no other behavioral effects of note. There is no evidence to support the myth. ...Read more
What is the initial treatment, by the emt's, for brain injury in an infant to prevent further brain damage?
ABC's: Airway, breathing, circulation. These are the tenets of "in the field" first aid. They establish an airway (can be basic or actual endotracheal tube), breathing (mouth to mouth or bag/mask ventilation can also give oxygen) and (circulation: chest compressions)... That is generally all that is at their disposal. ...Read more
Is it possible to have an unremarkable normal brain MRI for an infant that endured a brain trauma? If it's normal does it rule out brain damage?
Yes and No: First question a definite YES....not only infant...ANYONE....people suffer traumatic brain injuries all the time clinically but have normal MRI's and certainly it is also true that a normal MRI does not rule out brain injury since we cannot see all the possible ways a brain can be injured using MRI. There are newer sequence acquisitions that are getting around that problem though but not right now ...Read more
Infant plasticity: While an adult with an identical injury may be stuck when injured nerves cannot heal, an infant has better healing powers & may be able to rewire past injured areas. Since their system had not completed adult wiring at the time of injury their "plasticity" makes better healing possible. I have seen some remarkable improvements in kids over the years when many held little hope. Improvement is possible. ...Read more
My cousin told me that beaing in extream heat can couse brain damage to an unborn baby is that true?
Myths: No. That would be an untrue or inaccurate myth. ...Read more
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
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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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
Not usually: Falls are very common in infants starting to walk. Practice makes perfect! But most of the falls are not going to do any harm unless they fall from hights or hit pointy objects. Thank goodness that our skull is very strong so it is very unusual to do any damage to the brain. ...Read more
Not common: Most cases of encephalitis are mild with full recovery. However, in some cases there are permanent neurological consequences which may include personality changes, language difficulties, seizures, memory loss, and partial paralysis. I would be pleased to consult with you further on HealthTap. ...Read more
Please tell me, could a baby survive with serious brain damage due to no oxygen for 20 minutes at birth?
Yes: Severe anoxia causing brain injury and server handicap may not result in early infant death. Children with severe brain injury whether acquired late in pregnancy, even within days of the onset of labor, or less likely during labor may live for decades requiring a great deal of special care and services. ...Read more
When my 4 year old was a baby he bumped his head. He has delayed speech - but understands everything. Does he have brain damage?
If there was no loss: Of consciousness, I doubt the "bump"'caused his expressive language delay. Fill out a developmental screen & an M-CHAT on firstsigns. Org for your visit with his pediatrician. Also, call your school district's Child Find Team for an evaluation for eligibility for Early Childhood Special Ed. Services. An expressive language delay confers a risk of dyslexia at school age, so seek treatment now. ...Read more
What are the long-term effects if my baby had meconium aspiration syndrome? Should I be worried about any particular disease or brain damage?
Two primary issues: Mas outcomes can be divided into 2 main issues:lung & development. Since meconium passage itself comes from prenatal stress, which is a risk factor for movement disorders (CP) & learning problems. The intensity of the lung disease/ventilation/ecmo need points to further problems with oxygen supply to the brain & can amplify those issues. The lung disease could be minimal & brief or bad & long term. ...Read more
Depends: How did the fracture occur? Was there a fall? If the brain sustained a significant deceleration injury there could be damage to the nerve fibers of the brain. Some areas of the skull are thin and more easily fractured so less force would be transferred to the brain. More force could cause concussion, contusion, bleeding, and yes, a permanent injury. ...Read more
I have a 6 week old baby, I am constantly worried she will get a virus and end up with brain damage or worse. Is this a common thing from a virus?
No: This would be a significant possibility if you got measles, CMV or Zeka during pregnancy but lessens after the baby is born. Most infant viral infections are minor and the nasty ones rarely cause any brain damage. If Zeka becomes prevalent in the US, I worry that that one may have an effect on the growing brain of babies but that is just me speculating. The older the kid, the less that germ is a risk ...Read more
As a baby I fell out of my pram on my forehead, as resulting in to brain damage, now I am getting dark brown to blackish discharge, no headaches?
My new born baby just had an MMR vaccine and I think sheis showing a brain damage but I am not sure. What shouldi do?
Confusing question: Newborns are not given the MMR vaccine in the us. Either you have your vaccines confused or the kid is not a newborn. Either way, please re-submit your question after you can clarify the information. ...Read more
How can I tell if my 2 month baby has brain damage from a recent fall and concussion with subdural bleeding. He acts normal, eats well, cooing etc?
None: There is no evidence that treatments guaranteee no damage. However one does the best they can. ...Read more
Maybe: By enduring pain, I assume you're referring to what we call chronic pain. There are studies that suggest differences in brain anatomy & function in those suffering from chronic pain. However, this association does not prove causation since we don't have before & after tests. But it's certainly worrisome. We do have studies demonstrating brain vs body effects, eg narcotics decr testosterone levels. ...Read more
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