On Birth Defects In Babies

Infants being born with birth defects happen more commonly than what most people are aware of. One in every thirty three infants that are born in the U.S. are born with birth defects. Over one hundred thousand babies are born every single year with a birth defect in the United States. Babies born in third world countries or countries with inadequate medical care see even higher numbers of babies being born with birth defects.

On Birth Defects In Babies

Structural changes in an infant at birth are known as birth defects. These structural changes can affect the brain, foot, heart or any other part or organ of the body. These structural changes affect the way that the body functions and looks. Not all birth defects are severe enough to cause the baby any harm but there are some birth defects that do cause severe harm to the body and how the body develops over time. Life span can be affected with birth defects. The quality of life the baby will have as it grows up can be affected due to certain birth defects.

A birth defect in a baby starts long before the birth of the baby. Birth defects begin to form during pregnancy and can form at any time while the baby is still in the womb. Many birth defects form during the first trimester of pregnancy. The first three months of pregnancy is when many of the organs begin to form. This stage of pregnancy is vital to the development of the baby.

Some causes of why a birth defect forms is understood by professionals. One example is fetal alcohol syndrome is caused by a pregnant mother consuming alcohol. But not all birth defects and syndromes are easily understood. Many detailed factors cause some of the most serious birth defects known to mankind. …

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