CDC recognizes January as National Birth Defects Awareness Month, gives early prevention tips

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recognizing January as National Birth Defects Awareness Month.

The CDC defines a birth defect as a structural change that is present at birth that can affect almost any part of the body. Birth defects can happen for many reasons and the CDC says that a woman starts out with a 3% chance of having a baby with a birth defect regardless of health conditions or lifestyle factors.

Birth defects affect one in 33 babies and are a leading cause of infant mortality in the country. Most birth defects are found within the first year of life.

“Awareness of birth defects across the lifespan helps provide individuals, parents, and families affected by birth defects the information they need to seek proper care,” the CDC says. “It also gives healthcare professionals the evidence they need to deliver the best care for patients across all stages of life: before and during pregnancy, and in infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.”

According to the CDC, some things might increase the chances of having a baby with a birth defect such as smoking, drinking alcohol and experiencing a fever that is higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit. Find more causes here.

The CDC has created a toolkit that describes what scientists have learned about birth defects prevention during pregnancy along with how to transition a child from pediatrics to adolescence.

Read about real families living with birth defects here. Find more resources and information about what the CDC is doing for National Birth Defects Awareness Month here.

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