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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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Does using bug sprays right before pregnancy potentially harm sperm & egg and harm the fetus? Heard it may cause brain cancer to unborn baby. Thanks!

Does using bug sprays right before pregnancy potentially harm sperm & egg and harm the fetus? Heard it may cause brain cancer to unborn baby. Thanks!

No: It is unlikely to remain in your system very long after exposure. Some bug sprays are considered unsafe in pregnancy, but the risks are low. What is more, certain insect-born illnesses are potentially more harmful, so you'll have to weigh your risks and benefits based on your location. I usually recommend deet-free bug sprays. ...Read more

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Caring for Your Baby (Checklist)

Vaccinate for hepatitis B prior to hospital discharge
Once
Obtain newborn metabolic screen prior to hospital discharge
Once
Schedule baby's 1st doctor exam for 2-4 days after hospital discharge
Once
Schedule baby's well exam/vaccinations for age 2 months
Once
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Can you tell me is fluid around the fetus brain at 28 weeks dangerous?

Can you tell me is fluid around the fetus brain at 28 weeks dangerous?

Brain: At 28 weeks it is early to say if this fluid is a concern, if the fluid continues to increase during the pregnancy then that is more of a concern and will need evaluation by a pediatric neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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What are some examples of brain abnormalities in babies?

What are some examples of brain abnormalities in babies?

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

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Caring for Your Baby (Checklist)

take care of yourself
daily
Eat well
daily
Trust your gut feeling when baby is crying
daily
Talk with other mothers
daily
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How can anencephaly babies respond when they have no brain?

How can anencephaly babies respond when they have no brain?

Primitive Reflexes: Such babies have brain stems, but lack the higher cortex. Without the brain stem they wouldn't breath and their hearts wouldn't beat. The brain stem accounts for primitive reflexes, which I have seen people mistake for a conscious response. ...Read more

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Caring for Your Baby (Checklist)

Change your baby's diaper often.
every other hours, while awake
Be sure the child's bottom is completely dry
daily
Avoid using perfumed products
daily
Give your baby's bottom plenty of airtime,diaper free(towel as backup)
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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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