The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 1 in every 4,859 babies are born with anencephaly in the U.S. each year. Anencephaly falls under the category of brain and spinal birth defects. It is when a baby is born without parts of the skull or brain. This neural tube defect forms within the first month of pregnancy, typically before a woman is aware that she is pregnant.
There are screening tests women can take during pregnancy to check for anencephaly and other possible birth defects or complications. An abnormal blood or serum screening test result would identify anencephaly or it may be seen during an ultrasound.
Unfortunately, there is no known cure or effective treatment for this tragic condition. Although it develops in the earliest stages, an anencephaly diagnosis may not come until after the baby is born. Due to the severity of the condition, most babies born with anencephaly will not live long enough to leave the hospital.
Preventing Neural Tube Birth Defects
Women who are expecting can take preventative measures to reduce the risk of having a baby born with a neural tube defect. To protect the health of the mother and baby, a woman should:
- Take a multivitamin with folic acid daily
- Refrain from smoking
- Refrain from drinking alcohol
- Follow a diet of proper nutrition
According to the CDC, since the U.S. has been fortifying grains with folic acid, there has been a 27% decline in the occurrence neural tube defects.
Seeking Justice for Your Family
Women who are pregnant should take every precaution for the health of their child. However, there may be situations that are out of their hands. Studies have shown that taking certain prescription medications while pregnant can lead to a heightened risk of neural tube defects.
Proper labeling and manufacturer warning are imperative when these products are marketed to doctor and patients. Otherwise, the outcome can turn tragic. If you took prescription medication during pregnancy and your child was born with a birth defect, contact our attorneys today. You may be eligible for compensation.
We want you to help seek justice for your family. It does not change the course of events, but it holds the responsible party accountable for the damage and hurt that you have endured. Contact us today for a free consultation today.