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Also does the Rh factor affect a baby's vulnerability to the disease?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Generally no
A negative Rh factor does not make a baby more susceptible to disease in their lifetime, either thru infection, environmental factors or bad habits.
In the rare instance where they might need a blood transfusion, they could only get it from Rh negative donors.Females would require more monitoring during pregnancy if their spouse was Rh+.It is generally of no longterm consequence.

In brief: Generally no
A negative Rh factor does not make a baby more susceptible to disease in their lifetime, either thru infection, environmental factors or bad habits.
In the rare instance where they might need a blood transfusion, they could only get it from Rh negative donors.Females would require more monitoring during pregnancy if their spouse was Rh+.It is generally of no longterm consequence.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
In brief: Hemolytic D. newborn
It is extermely important in women of childbearing age who are rh neg.
To be sure they get no rh pos. Blood so there is no chance that they develop antibodies in case they have an rh pos. Child and so have hemolytic disease of the newborn. If an rh. Neg. Woman gets exposed to rh. Pos. Blood and develops antibodies, they can attack and kill the rbcs of the next child she has if it is rh pos..

In brief: Hemolytic D. newborn
It is extermely important in women of childbearing age who are rh neg.
To be sure they get no rh pos. Blood so there is no chance that they develop antibodies in case they have an rh pos. Child and so have hemolytic disease of the newborn. If an rh. Neg. Woman gets exposed to rh. Pos. Blood and develops antibodies, they can attack and kill the rbcs of the next child she has if it is rh pos..
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
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