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Can watching tv as an infant lead to brain damage?

Can watching tv as an infant lead to brain damage?

No: 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

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

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


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Does the crying of circumcision cause brain damage to infants?

Does the crying of circumcision cause brain damage to infants?

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

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What is the initial treatment, by the emt's, for brain injury in an infant to prevent further brain damage?

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

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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?

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

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Can an infant ever recover from brain damage from bacterial encephalitis?

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

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Can hypercapnia cause brain damage to a baby?

Can hypercapnia cause brain damage to a baby?

Hypercapnia...: ...Is usually accompanied by hypoxia, and of the two it is the hypoxia that does most of the damage. ...Read more

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How much brain damage is suffered after 30 minutes of no oxygen to baby?

How much brain damage is suffered after 30 minutes of no oxygen to baby?

Can't survive: If the brain is without oxygen, it will die after about 4 minutes. If the brain is still alive after 30 minutes, that brain was getting oxygen. ...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.

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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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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Baby shakes head causes brain damage?

Baby shakes head causes brain damage?

Who Shakes Head?: The baby can't shake his head enough to cause damage. But if the baby is shaken by someone else there can be severe and fatal brain injury. Babies must not be shaken! ...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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Can fall's while learning to walk cause brain damage to a baby?

Can fall's while learning to walk cause brain damage to a baby?

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

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How common is it for a baby to get permanent brain damage from encephalitis caused by a virus?

How common is it for a baby to get permanent brain damage from encephalitis caused by a virus?

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

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Please tell me, could a baby survive with serious brain damage due to no oxygen for 20 minutes at birth?

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

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When my 4 year old was a baby he bumped his head. He has delayed speech - but understands everything. Does he have brain damage?

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

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What are the long-term effects if my baby had meconium aspiration syndrome? Should I be worried about any particular disease or brain damage?

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

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Will a fractured skull in a baby cause brain damage later in life?

Will a fractured skull in a baby cause brain damage later in life?

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

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Could sex at 37 weeks pregnant jostle the baby around enough to cause brain damage?

Could sex at 37 weeks pregnant jostle the baby around enough to cause brain damage?

No: Your baby is well protected. Any sex that would cause damage to the baby would cause damage to you. So unless you have severe damage to your vagina or abdomen as a result of this episode your baby is fine. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Brain damage: Dark brown or blackish discharge is vague because you have not stated from what orifice it is draining. The brain damage as a baby is unrelated to any discharge at age 70.. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Would have symptoms: If your infant has a concussion, symptoms would include altered alertness and responsiveness, a bulging fontanel, decreased eating, vomiting and excessive sleeping. ...Read more

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What is proof that treatment doctor wants for 23 week baby will prevent brain damage?

What is proof that treatment doctor wants for 23 week baby will prevent brain damage?

None: There is no evidence that treatments guaranteee no damage. However one does the best they can. ...Read more

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Brain damage from ecstasy use?

Brain damage from ecstasy use?

Possibly: The drugs that stimulate especially methamphetamines but also nmda (ecstacy) and GHB can cause permanent brain injury. I personally have seen several cases. ...Read more

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Is enduring pain causing brain damage?

Is enduring pain causing brain damage?

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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Is there a way to reverse brain damage?

Is there a way to reverse brain damage?

It depends: On the cause, usually most brain injries can be improved with intensive therapy. This is not an easy questions to answer without more details. ...Read more

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What happens when you have brain damage?

What happens when you have brain damage?

Family practice: It depends on cause and how severe. Often, through therapy, your brain can learn to compensate. It can take time, hard work but with dermination I have seen miraculous recoveries ...Read more

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Can topiramite have lasting brain damage?

Topiramate: Topiramate can cause a number of side effects but they are not permanent. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
639 Doctors shared insights

Brain Injury (Definition)

Damage to, or loss of, brain tissue due to various etiologies such ...Read more