Preventable Mental Retardation?

Preventable Mental Retardation?

A study in the July issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports that untreated urinary tract infection during the first and third trimester of pregnancy is associated with a 40% increase in mental retardation and developmental delays in the babies, compared to those whose mothers took antibiotics for their infections. A urinary tract infection is not just a nuisance! While I am in favor of minimizing medicines during pregnancy, a positive urine culture in a pregnant woman should not be regarded cavalierly, but should be treated quickly.

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Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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