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Unborn Baby With Fluid On The Brain
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
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 using bug sprays right before pregnancy potentially harm sperm & egg and harm the fetus? Heard it may cause brain cancer to unborn baby. Thanks!
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
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
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
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
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
Please help! What is the name of the condition when a fetus develops with only half a hemisphere of its brain?
Half Brain: Holoprosencephaly (old term was Arhinencephaly).Get a more detailed answer ›
See below: They have a brain stem, which will control breathing and heart rate. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
In babies when they are eight months old where thier soft spot is do u feel their brain activity meaning to ask is that normal?
Soft spot: The soft spot begins to close around a year, giving the brain room to grow. ...Read more
This has been done.: However, there are many variables that come into play in this situation. ...Read more
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
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
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
28 week ultrasound showed asymmetric brain ventricles on fetus. Within normal range (7-8mm) Everything else ok. Should I be worried?
F/u echo: Required to make sure the inequality in the ventricles does not get worse ...Read more
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
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
I was told to not use otc meds for cold in babies bcause it doesn't work but is there a possibity that they can cause brain damage?
Cold med's.: Not possible.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Yes: Yes it can, but in the hands of a well trained obstretician they can also be life saving. ...Read more
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
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
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