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Can babies have xrays after they are born without damage? Why are they so protective ofthe fetus?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not just the fetus

The amount of radiation in simple xrays is small & unlikely to cause any issue, yet we are very sensitive to the complex changes in fetal development.
The first 4-12 wks of fetal development marks the most vulnerable period to injury & after that point we worry less. Xray exposure also adds up over time & the eggs nearby in your ovaries don't need any we can avoid. After birth, babies ready for life.

In brief: Not just the fetus

The amount of radiation in simple xrays is small & unlikely to cause any issue, yet we are very sensitive to the complex changes in fetal development.
The first 4-12 wks of fetal development marks the most vulnerable period to injury & after that point we worry less. Xray exposure also adds up over time & the eggs nearby in your ovaries don't need any we can avoid. After birth, babies ready for life.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. TRUC DAO
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: XR danger to fetus

An xr while baby ready to be born can be enough to increase baby's risk of cancer in the future.
By equivalence, for an adult, to receive three body scans is equivalent in radiation received to be standing 5 miles from the nagasaki bomb. Yet some er docs declared they will scan till patients glow to "cover their behind".

In brief: XR danger to fetus

An xr while baby ready to be born can be enough to increase baby's risk of cancer in the future.
By equivalence, for an adult, to receive three body scans is equivalent in radiation received to be standing 5 miles from the nagasaki bomb. Yet some er docs declared they will scan till patients glow to "cover their behind".
Dr. TRUC DAO
Dr. TRUC DAO
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