Childhood Diseases

Posted by: MamaLove | 2010-02-17


3 month old - Hole in brain

I am hoping you can shed some light on this condition and provide some advise. My niece gave birth and baby lacked oxygen while being delivered, as a result of this baby suffered some brain damage, which could not be measured as it was too early. We were told, the extent of the damage can only be determined as the baby grows up. Fair enough. Now when the baby was taken for a normal check up at the hospital, my niece was told the baby has holes in the brain. No explanation was given as to the seriousness of this latest development. Could anyone pls advise what this is and what precautions to take when dealing with baby.

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The answer is that sometimes tiny holes develop in the brain of a newborn baby due to an oxygen shortage at birth.Surprisingly some babies with these holes show no problems with their development as a result of thse holes, but about 1 in 5 babies with this condtion are severely affected and develop cerebral palsy and other problems.

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Posted by: Mamalove | 2010-02-17

Thanks Purple, You are so right about the Nursing fratenity - Dissappointing to say the least. Let' s see is the paediatrician can shed some light.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-02-17

Sorry, I don' t have any medical knowledge at all and can' t help in any way. The peadiatrician responds quite quickly to message (usually daily, sometimes there is a delay of another day if he' s busy I suppose).

The reason I asked the qeustion was that it just sounded so much like a very simple explanation that nurses in government hospitals love to give to people just to shut them up so that the nurse can feel all superior (I think all that bed pan emptying gets to some of them). Sorry I don' t mean to be so rude about nurses, but I just find that although I' ve had dealings with some fantastic, knowledgable nurses, most are just doing a job (badly) and couldn' t care less. I' ve often been astounded by the old wives tales they spread too - when they really should know better. Still, you get competent and incompetent people in every type of job.

Can your sister perhaps take the information from the scans and visit a private peadiatrician (maybe someone in the family could lend her money).

I could be completely way off and brains might well be able to get holes in them, it just sounded like such a simple explanation for something that is probably far more complex.

I hope things improve and I' m sure the peadiatrician will respond very soon.

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Posted by: Mamalove | 2010-02-17

PUrple, thanks for responding, Yes a scan was done to determine this and they will see after 2months if the holes are closing or not. What can be the cause of this and are there any measures we can take to address this situation? My niece is a young mother (18) and does not know what questions to ask and to make matters worse, she goes to a public hospital.

Any info on this is appreciated.

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Posted by: PUrple | 2010-02-17

Did they do an MRI scan to determine this, or did some nurse just make this statement?

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