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17 Feb 2010

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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childhood diseases
paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

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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