January is Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month

Understanding the Key Causes of Birth Defects

Birth defects are not a relic of the past. Defects, both mental and physical affect nearly 3 percent of all live births, according to the federal government. Some of the largest causes of such defects are unwitting exposure to chemicals and drugs by the mother, causing severe injury to the baby to be.

Of course, there are other causes for birth defects as well. Many physicians and pediatricians agree that some of the key causes of such defects include:

  • Genetic factors. This includes potential recessive genes from one or both parents.
  • External conditions. This can include a number of factors, including exposure to chemicals or adverse stress. Altogether, this is one of the largest factors. In some cases, smoking and drinking by the mother cause the defects.
  • Mother’s age. The risk of severe birth defects increases dramatically for mothers over the age of 40.
  • Issues at birth. This could include the very last stages of pregnancy or even in the process of childbirth itself. Errors made by physicians or severe physical strain during birth could cause issues for children just entering into life. This sometimes includes the use of medical implements harming the baby– often including limbs, or drugs.
  • Early delivery. In some cases, babies born too early may not be fully developed. This may happen due to issues with the fetus itself. In other cases, this is done due to a risk to the mother’s help. Furthermore, this often happens unexpectedly. In these cases, the risk of defects is much higher, as well as the risk of premature death.
  • Understanding the Legal Ramifications

    That is why activists declared January as the national Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month. If you are a parent whose infant was affected by exposure by chemicals or drugs, you have legal options. No baby deserves injury due to no fault of its own. The experts at the Ehline Personal Injury Law Firm APLC is here to help with our free consultation. Read more about the subject elsewhere on our site.

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