Serious Birth Disorders You Should Be Aware Of

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Birth disorders are a subject that none of us wants to think about when we`re pregnant, and in fact, you shouldn`t spend time dwelling on things that will probably never happen. But, in the unlikely event that your child is diagnosed with a birth disorder, you should know where to go for information.


by: Sarah Veda

Serious Birth Disorders You Should Be Aware OfBirth disorders are a subject that none of us wants to think about when we`re
pregnant, and in fact, you shouldn`t spend time dwelling on things that will probably
never happen. But, in the unlikely event that your child is diagnosed with a birth
disorder, you should know where to go for information. Here are some of the more
common birth disorders, and some basic information on diagnosis.

- Autism - Autism is the lack of ability to develop normal relationships. This
disorder can begin at birth, or develop during later, but is always present by
the time the child is two and half. Autistic children often fail to smile or respond
to others, even their parents, and they don`t like to be touched. Their lack of
responsiveness often makes them appear to be mentally handicapped, though they
are usually of normal intelligence. These children are usually plagued with behavior
and developmental problems. Autism affects approximately 5 of 10,000 babies born
in the US, and varies greatly in its degree of severity. Some children, with therapy,
can function fairly normally, but many others will require lifetime care.

- Cerebral Palsy (CP) - Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the brain, and
presents itself through impaired motor skills. These impairments range from mild
to severe. Currently, in the US there are about 15,000 cases a year, though these
numbers are decreasing due to increased awareness of the importance of prenatal
care and safer childbirth practices. CP can be caused by a prenatal infection
in the mother or by severe or traumatic labor. There is no cure, but if treated
early with physical therapy and other treatments, some children are able to function
fairly normally. Some very severe cases can leave a child completely disabled.

- Cleft Lip/Palate - This is a condition which causes a split where the upper
lip and the roof of the mouth fail to grow together properly. This condition affects
about 1 in 700 births in the US, and ranges in severity. Cleft lip can be caused
by heredity, or by unhealthy prenatal conditions, such as lack of folic acid or
malnutrition. This condition is usually treated with one or more surgeries, dental
adjustments and speech therapy. Most children live a normal life, with just a
small scar.

If your child is diagnosed with any birth disorder, it is important to seek treatment
and support immediately. Your doctor can recommend resources to help you deal
with the physical and emotional effects of birth disorders. Getting help and information
early on is critical to creating the best life possible for your baby and for
you.
 

About The Author

Sarah Veda is a 41 year old wife and mother of two boys and one girl. She spent
many years as a manager in the corporate world, and gave it up to be a stay at
home mom. Go to
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