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What percentage of babies have birth defects?

If your baby was born with a serious birth defect, the issues you're facing right now might be a lot more common than you think. In fact, 7 percent of all babies come into this world with some kind of irregularity or birth defect ranging from severe to minor.

Certain birth defects resolve over time with medical treatment or naturally, and the baby can live a perfectly normal life. In other cases, the defect endures, resulting in various challenges throughout childhood and adulthood.

What is the definition of a birth defect?

Many confuse the term "birth defect" with the term "birth injury." A birth injury is an injury to the baby that happens during the actual birthing or delivery process. A birth defect, on the other hand, is something that happens to the baby during the course of the mother's pregnancy.

Birth defects can result from genetic issues and sometimes they are unpreventable and untreatable. They can also be the result of environmental factors or circumstances surrounding the mother during pregnancy. Medications, drugs and diet cause many types of birth defects. Drugs like delalutin, bendectin and Ortho-Gyno, for example, are known to be dangerous to pregnant women and their babies.

If detected early enough, doctors can prevent some varieties of birth defects from causing serious health problems for the baby later on down the road. Failure to detect the obvious signs of a treatable or preventable birth defect could be the clear signs of medical malpractice, doctors' errors or medical negligence.

Find out how your baby's birth defect happened

Sometimes it's impossible to know, for sure, how a baby's birth defect came about. Other times, it's clear that the doctor was negligent in giving medical treatment and this led to the baby suffering a lifelong and debilitating injury.

If you suspect that your doctor was to blame for your baby's health problems -- and even if you're not certain what happened -- you may want to investigate the issue further. At the very least, you will better understand who was to blame for your baby's health issues as well as your legal rights and options.

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