Most Common Birth Defects

Most Common Birth Defects

The three most common birth defects are heart defects, cleft palates, and Down syndrome.

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Does my Baby have a Cold?

Cold symptoms in children appear gradually. They include coughing, sneezing, a runny nose with thin and clear to thick and yellow mucous. A low grade fever is possible, but it disappears quickly.

Flu Symptoms in Babies

Your baby may have the flu when they experience fatigue, low appetite, a fever, vomiting or diarrhea. Another indicator is the season--flu season is October through March.

Newborn Baby Screening

Within 48 hours after a baby's birth, the baby will be tested for a whole host of disorders, including testing the baby's hearing. Find out more in this video.

How to Get Rid of Diaper Rash

Change your baby's diaper frequently and rinse with warm water. Use barrier ointment if your baby has a rash or is prone to them each time you change your baby's diaper.

What Causes Autism?

Researchers aren't 100% sure, but it's thought to be caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Far more boys have it than girls, and it's thought to be genetic. About 1 in 150 people are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Down Syndrome and Maternal Age

The risk of a baby having Down's Syndrome is higher when the woman is over 35 years old, but why are 80% of babies with Down's Syndrome born to women under 35? Watch this video to find out.

Causes of Baby Acne

Baby acne looks and acts like adult acne. It's caused by lingering maternal hormones that cross into the baby through the placenta. The hormones stimulate the oil glands. The acne appears around the 3 week mark, and is more common in male babies.

Link Between Down Syndrome and Other Defects

Unfortunately, people with Down Syndrome are more susceptible for other problems such as heart disease, leukemia, hearing and vision problems, and more. Keep watching to learn more about this link.

Why Are Some Infants Prone to Colic?

No one is quite sure why some infants are more prone to colic. Some theories are that they have immature digestive systems or they've overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of their new world.

Passing Herpes During Labor

If a woman contracted herpes soon before birth, a baby born vaginally has a 30 to 50% chance of having herpes. If the woman got it a long time ago, there's only a 3% chance. A newborn with herpes may have lasting disabilities if born with herpes.

Baby Urinary Tract Infection

If you think your baby has a UTI, contact your pediatrician immediately. The doctor will prescribe antibiotics--make sure your baby takes the full dose. If the UTI doesn't go away, your baby will need IV-fed antibiotics in the hospital.

What Causes Diaper Rash?

Diaper rash occurs when your baby's urine mixes with their poop, creating ammonia which is a harsh chemical that aggravates skin. Babies with sensitive skin may get diaper rash with perfumed diapers or skin products.

How to Help a Congested Baby

Your baby's congestion may be alleviated with a humidifier, or you can prop them up using a slim pillow. Also, you can use a rubber bulb syringe to squirt saline and then aspirate the mucous and saline out.

How to Prevent Syphilis Birth Defects

Birth defects can stem from syphilis. When left untreated, it can cause causes bone defects, brain damage, blindness, stillbirth, and newborn death. Penicillin can treat a woman early in pregnancy.

Genetic Testing Before Pregnancy

Genetic testing begins for some parents before they even become pregnant. Blood samples taken from both parents are screened for genetic defects, and if abnormalities are found they head to a genetic counselor to discuss their options.

What is Jaundice?

Jaundice is caused by a high level of bilirubin, a byproduct of the destruction of red blood cells. It's usually broken down by the liver, but jaundice occurs when bilirubin builds faster than the liver can process.

Why is My Baby Blue?

This just means that your baby's body can't regulate its temperature on its own yet. Massage and cuddle them to help. Don't get worried, just keep an eye on the condition and contact your pediatrician if things don't resolve on their own.

Results of Birth Defect Testing

If tests are positive, then parents should meet with a genetic counselor to discuss their options. It's important to learn as much as possible about their baby's possible condition. Watch for more information.