Birth Defects And Your Unborn ChildEastern Biotech
Each January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raises awareness among women and families on actions they can take to help have a healthy baby. January is also a time to recognize people living with birth defects. Thanks to ongoing medical advances, children born with birth defects are living longer. These children and their families still need help. They often need specialized treatment, continued care, and strong social support to improve their overall quality of life.
An earlier report from 2006 by the US-based March of Dimes foundation records for one in 12 newborns affected by a birth defect, as defined by the WHO. However the frequency of birth defects has significantly dropped because of the medical advancements in the field of pre-natal screening and subsequent treatment to deal with possible complications. And this is reflected in the statistic that according to the World Health Organization, birth defects affect now only one in 33 newborn infants globally.
However, the same figure is also alarmingly narrowed down to one in 24 in Saudi Arabia. In fact, in a recent study taken up to study the prevalence of birth defects in the country, it was revealed that out of 3,000 infants examined over three years at Riyadh’s Prince Sultan Military Medical Hospital it was found that almost 1,200 babies were born with major birth defects. The prevalence of hereditary blood disease has the highest incidence in Eastern province of KSA. Sickle cell disease is present throughout Saudi Arabia; particularly common in the eastern and southern provinces.
The database collected by the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS) for UAE, Bahrain and Oman shows that disorders such as Down’s syndrome, sickle cell disease, and thalassemia are far more common in the region than elsewhere. According to CAGS, 21.4 babies per 100,000 are born with Down’s in the UAE, about double the average global rate. In addition, about one in 10 people in the UAE is a carrier of thalassemia.
Making healthy choices and adopting healthy habits are important for your own health, but also for the health of the children you may have one day. Not all birth defects can be prevented, but there are steps people can take to help have a healthy pregnancy. This month and throughout the year, we encourage you to prevent infections that could hurt you and your developing baby.
As important as it is to know beforehand what is to become of a yet to be born life, it is also essential to know to what degree your child can be protected and treated against congenital disorders to prevent adverse outcomes. Take the New Born Screening (NBS) to clear your fuzz of premonitions.
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