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What Effects Can Radiation Have On A Developing Baby
Pregnancy: Any radiation exposure can have accummulative effect on the body. We are cautious with x-ray exposure during pregnancy, especially the first trimester. However, dental x-rays are very safe with little radiation. Draping the patient with lead apron, and fast films or digital systems provide additional protection. If x-ray needed for emergency reason, unborn child will be safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually...: ...It's the need for ventilation (disease or prematurity) that is responsible for most of the complications. ...Read more
Can you tell me if throughout pregnancy, what has effect on the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome?
SIDS : SIDS happens after birth. As far as I know, there are no prenatal risk factors. Of course, you should take good care of yourself, and follow your ObGyn's instructions. After birth, follow the SIDS prevention instructions, and always put your baby on it's back, to sleep. http://www.cdc.gov/sids/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the chances of having a full term healthy baby with no side effects if the mother has chlamydia?
Chlamydia in newborn: Chlamydial conjunctivitis (eye infection) is the most common cause of conjunctivitis in the newborn and becomes apparent between day 5 and 12 of life. Chlamydial pneumonia occurs in about 33% of infants who have chlamydial conjunctivitis. In those infants without conjunctivitis with chlamydial positive moms , about 11-20% of infants will develop chlamydial pneumonia. ...Read more
I have a condition called single umbilical artery(sua). Are there any risk on my pregnancy or any bad effects on my baby after delivery?
Confusing question: You ? Had a sua or the baby ? This is a variable finding that most often turns out to be an innocent incidental finding.A subgroup of patients will have chromosome defects or genetic syndromes, with other obvious anomalies. If this has not affected you so far, i would not expect any issues with the baby.Consult a geneticist affiliated with a children's hospital or medical school to gain more info. ...Read more
Does anyone have any experience of poly-cystic ovaries and what effects it might have on having kids?
Depends: Many patients have polycystic-appearing ovaries found on sonograms, but still have normal monthly cycles where they release eggs - so fertility shouldn't be impaired.If one has pcos and irregular periods, then it means they aren't ovulating regularly and it can be harder (very hard) to conceive; sometimes they will require ovulation induction medications or infertility treatments. ...Read more
Do to a fall, my 6 week old infant needed a cat scan. What are the side effects of a scan at such a young age? The dr said cancer but how soon?
Wouldn't worry: There is a tiny increase in cancer risk later in life children who have a bunch of ct scans. We're exposed to unavoidable natural radiation every day, and compared to this, the dose you get from a worthwhile ct scan is trivial. I'm glad junior is okay and has a parent who care so much. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes but not much: It's still the right answer, almost always. Radiation treatments have been shown to slightly increase the risk of leukemia, thyroid cancer, early-onset breast cancer, and some other cancers. But those risks are far outweighed by the benefits of radiation to prevent recurrence of many cancers, and even cure some of them. Your oncologist knows best! take his/her advice! ...Read more
No: There is no increased risk for any type of disease to a child of a teenage mother. The risk is more social, especially if the mother can not provide appropriate care. And the teenage mother may not be emotionally prepared for the demands of raising a child. Which, can effect maternal child relations. ...Read more
I have had 4 doses of flagyl and so far doing alright, does this mean the chances of developing a side effect such as vomiting is unlikely?
YES: Just remember to stay away from alcoholic beverages. ...Read more
My sister might have a nodule on her thyroid. Which might b cancer. What can b done to fix it. And what r some longterm effects that can happen?
Surgery: Patients with thryoid nodule cytology results suggesting cancer or suspicious for cancer should be referred for surgery. The most common postoperative complications of thyroidectomy include recurrent laryngeal nerve damage, hypoparathyroidism (from parathryoid gland damage or loss), and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). If a thyroidectomy is done, lifelong thyroxine replacement will be necessary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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