Key Findings and Tips For Birth Defects Prevention
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, a time to bring attention to a leading cause of death among U.S. infants. The annual event helps raise awareness on measures to prevent birth defects. The number 1 goal, as always, is prevention.
- Every 4 ½ minutes a baby is born with a defect
- 1 in 33 babies are born with a defect
- Birth defects are the leading cause of infant deaths, accounting for 20% of all infant deaths
- The following list includes links to resources for several birth defects:
The theme of the 2017 National Birth Defect Month is “Prevent to Protect.” The best way to prevent a birth defect is to protect yourself from infections and engage in the following behaviors:
- Get as healthy as possible before becoming pregnant.
- Get 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.
- Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.
- Be careful with harmful exposures at work and home.
- Choose a healthy lifestyle.
- Eat a healthy diet (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and proteins).
- Be physically active.
- Get a medical checkup.
- Discuss all medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
- Talk about your family medical history.
To discover more information, take a look at the 2017 “Prevent to Protect” packet from nbdpn.org – PDF
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