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When Your Child is Diagnosed With Spina Bifida  By Katelyn Grace Willett

If your child was just diagnosed with Spina Bifida, your excitement about your new baby may turn into shock, frustration, or anger, not knowing why this could possibly happen to you. You may need to believe in a higher power to get you through the reality, that there may be something special, deep inside you. Many Spina Bifida parents find that they are actually a chosen group, one that is capable of overcoming their challenges and can see the many blessings these children bring.  more...


What Is Spina Bifida?  By Gray Rollins

The spine is the center of all communications that take place in the body. Messages to and from the various organs pass through the spine. Any damage to the spine therefore, results in the non-communication or defective communication of messages transmitted by the brain. In extreme cases, this results in paralysis.  more...


Spina Bifida - Who Is At Risk For Spina Bifida?  By Hilary Basile

Doctors are not certain what causes spina bifida, or why neural tubes do not develop or close properly in some babies, though they have identified a few risk factors for spina bifida as follows:  more...


Spina Bifida - Who Is At Risk For Spina Bifida?  By Hilary Basile

Doctors are not certain what causes spina bifida, or why neural tubes do not develop or close properly in some babies, though they have identified a few risk factors for spina bifida as follows:

* Race. Spina bifida is more common among Hispanics and whites of Northern European descent.
* Gender. More female babies are born with spina bifida.
* Family history. Couples who have had one child with a neural tube defect have a slightly higher chance of having another baby with the same defect. That risk increases if two previous children have been affected by the condition. In addition, a woman who was born with a neural tube defect, or who has a close relative with one, has a greater chance of giving birth to a child with spina bifida. However, most babies with spina bifida are born to parents with no known family history of the condition.
* Folic acid deficiency. This vitamin is important to the healthy development of a fetus. Lack of folic acid (vitamin B-9) increases the risk of spina bifida and other neural tube defects.
* Some medications. Anti-seizure medications, such as valproic acid (Depakene), seem to cause neural tube defects when taken during pregnancy, perhaps because they interfere with the body's ability to use folic acid.
* Diabetes. The risk of spina bifida increases with diabetes, especially when the mother's blood sugar is elevated early in her pregnancy. Careful blood sugar control and management can decrease this risk.
* Obesity. There is a link between pre-pregnancy obesity and neural tube birth defects, including spina bifida. Exactly why obese women have an increased risk of having a baby with spina bifida is not known, but is possibly because of nutritional deficits from poor eating habits or because they may have diabetes - another known risk factor for neural tube defects.
* Increased body temperature. Some evidence suggests that increased body temperature (hypothermia) in the early months of pregnancy may increase the risk of spina bifida. Elevating your core body temperature by about 3 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, due to fever or the use of saunas and hot tubs, can raise body temperature and has been associated with an increased risk of spina bifida.


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