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.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (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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