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Doctor insights on: Unborn Baby With Fluid On The Brain

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What dose it mean when an unborn baby have more fluid then brain tissue?

What dose it mean when an unborn baby have more fluid then brain tissue?

ALERT: If this is truly the case, the baby may have congenital hydrocephalus. If this information is correct, need to discuss with OB-Gyn and a pediatrician. ...Read more

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My unborn baby has water on the brain of 10mm. Is it normal?

My unborn baby has water on the brain of 10mm. Is it normal?

Depends: Our brains all make spinal fluid and the brain is washed by and floats in this "water". If there is an imbalance of production and reabsorption the fluid can accumulate and may be referred to as hydrocephalus or "water on the brain". You can visit with a pediatric neurosurgeon who can explain more based on you baby's scans. ...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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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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During an ultrasound, what if fluid is noticed on babies brain?

During an ultrasound, what if fluid is noticed on babies brain?

Detailed Survey: If hydrocephalus is detected during a fetal ultrasound, a detailed evaluation of the fetus would be performed in an effort to detect causative lesions or associated anomalies in order to better guide further assessments. Amniocentesis for genetic evaluation is frequently suggested as well. ...Read more

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List of brain abnormalities in fetus?

List of brain abnormalities in fetus?

Long and serious.: Hydrocephaly, ventriculomegaly, mega-cisterna magna, dandy-walker malformation, inferior vermian hypoplasia, hydranencephaly, schizencephaly, porencephaly, polymicrogyria, neuronal migration anomalies, tubers, vein of galen aneurysm, encephalocele, septo-optic dysplasia, agenesis of the corpus callosum, absence of cavum septum pellucidum, lissencephaly and arnold-chiari malformation. ...Read more

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At which week does the fetus' brain start developing?

At which week does the fetus' brain start developing?

RIGHT AWAY: The fifth week of pregnancy, or the third week after conception, marks the beginning of the embryonic period. This is when the baby's brain, spinal cord, heart and other organs begin to form. ...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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How big is a fetus's brain at each stage of development?

How big is a fetus's brain at each stage of development?

Fetal brain: Growth is similar in all mammals up to a point. I direct you to have a look at any text book of embryology (a picture is worth a thousand words-I'm limited to 400 characters here) ...Read more

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How do anencephaly babies survive when they have no brain?

How do anencephaly babies survive when they have no brain?

See below: They have a brain stem, which will control breathing and heart rate. ...Read more

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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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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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What should be the size of left ventricle and brain of 21 week fetus?

What should be the size of left ventricle and brain of 21 week fetus?

Please clarify: This is a little different of a question. Can you clarify whether you are referring to the left ventricle of the heart and the entire size of the brain (as in volume, weight, or some other measure?). Or are you asking about the size of the left ventricle of the brain? And why only the left ventricle and not the right? ...Read more

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Is it Possible that switching formulas one to many times can effect brain development or harm brain development in an infant?

Is it Possible that switching formulas one to many times can effect brain development or harm brain development in an infant?

No, but...: Switching formulas that are meant for regular babies is ok to do and does not lead to problems... but of course, anything is possible in life. No worries. One can just choose major brands of formula, and that should work fine. Breast milk works better, if a woman can breastfeed. ...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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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

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Can fast sex shaken up or harm the developing fetus...cause any problems? Brain, etc? Sexual positions, speed, intensity are factors?

Can fast sex shaken up or harm the developing fetus...cause any problems? Brain, etc? Sexual positions, speed, intensity are factors?

NO: Having sex will not affect the baby. Use common sense of course and I would not have severe rough sex as repetitive trauma to the cervical area, may irritate your internal vaginal structures and thus cause possible problem with your pregnancy, BUT, in general, having sex will not affect the growing baby. As you get farther along, late in the 3rd Trimester, discuss with your OB/GYN. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Docs, could a babies flat head hurt their brain growth in anyway?

Docs, could a babies flat head hurt their brain growth in anyway?

No brain injury: Positional plagiocephaly means flattening of one side of skull usually becaue the babe always lies in the same position. Cosmetic problem only, however try to prevent by 'Tummy Time' and placing babe in different positions in car seat. ...Read more

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My fetus has choroid cyst on brain, doctor says not worry but how?

My fetus has choroid cyst on brain, doctor says not worry but how?

Usually normal: Most babies with choroid plexus cysts in the brain are normal, and almost all cysts go away by the end of the second trimester. But cysts can also be a marker for a problem called trisomy 18, which means an extra chromosome 18 in every cell of a baby's body. A maternal fetal medicine doctor can do an ultrasound and look for any other sign of trisomy 18. ...Read more

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Is an average sleeping spo2 of 92% acceptable for an infant's brain development? Is there an optimal spo2 range for brain development?

Is an average sleeping spo2 of 92% acceptable for an infant's brain development? Is there an optimal spo2 range for brain development?

92% is fine!: Over 90% is just fine so don't worry. Do discuss your concerns about your baby w/ the pediatrician. Premmies do raise parents anxiety, but try to do the hard task of finding the just right spot of care/comfort. When you ask for and get good info from the Dr. Use it to do the right stuff and relax. I wish you all well! ...Read more

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Can forceps delivery cause head and brain injuries in babies?

Can forceps delivery cause head and brain injuries in babies?

Yes: Yes it can, but in the hands of a well trained obstretician they can also be life saving. ...Read more

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30 week ultrasound showed asymmetrical brain ventricles on fetus. Rest of the scan perfect. Is this a normal variant?

30 week ultrasound showed asymmetrical brain ventricles on fetus. Rest of the scan perfect. Is this a normal variant?

Not really.: No, this is not a normal variant and is usually indicative of some type of compromise and blood flow, to the side of the brain where the ventricle is more prominent. The good news, is that a fetus's brain is very resilient, and as long as all else goes well from here on in, the baby can develop normally. ...Read more

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My friend's midwife told her at a ultrasound at 22w that the fetus' ventricles in it's brain are 'too big'. What does this mean? She has a follow up u

My friend's midwife told her at a ultrasound at 22w that the fetus' ventricles in it's brain are 'too big'. What does this mean? She has a follow up u

Not sure: I would get the exam looked at by a physician. If you can get the images, find a radiologist or mfm doc to review them. ...Read more