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Learning About Allergies and Asthma

Hello, my name is Rodney Turner. Welcome to my website about allergies and asthma. As a kid, I could not go through the spring months without suffering from back to back asthma attacks. The asthma attacks usually started when my pollen allergies flared up. As doctors linked these two conditions, I was given medication to better control my attacks and improve my health. On this site, I will explore the link between allergies and asthma, plus talk about the treatments available for both of these conditions. Please feel free to visit my site daily to arm yourself with the knowledge you need to overcome allergies and asthma. Thanks.

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Four Birth Complications Or Defects That May Be Visible On A 4D Ultrasound

4D ultrasounds have become a popular way for parents-to-be to meet their baby before they are born. In a 4D ultrasound, a three-dimensional image of the baby is viewed with the fourth dimension (time) added. It is essentially a three-dimensional movie of the baby. In addition to giving a parent an important keepsake, there are also some birth complications that may be visible.

Cleft Palettes

Cleft palettes and other facial deformities are very rarely noticed on 2D ultrasounds. Even 3D ultrasounds without movement may obscure the child's face enough that these issues may go unnoticed. Most physical deformities can be easily corrected following a birth, but knowing about them in advance will give a parent the ability to prepare for it -- both psychologically and financially.

Spinal Defects

Spinal defects are another issue that is often difficult to review from a still image. A 4D image will give a doctor insight into how the child is moving and whether the spine could be misaligned. Skeletal defects in general will be more visible on a 4D ultrasound. Again, though it is unlikely that anything can be done before the child is born, this will still give the parents time to plan ahead.

Heart Issues

Fetal heart screening is an incredibly important aspect of diagnosing potential issues. However, a heart issue is often very difficult to diagnose through hearing alone. A 4D ultrasound gives the doctor a visible mechanism by which they can see the child's heart beat, in addition to recording the heartbeat through the use of audio tools. This will show the doctor whether the heart may not be beating often enough or may not be fully formed. In some situations, surgery may be required before the baby is born.

Improper Movement

A 3D or 2D image cannot show the movement of the child, which could be slow, sluggish, or erratic. By revealing the movement of the baby, a 4D image can be used to diagnose potential anomalies that could indicate more serious problems.

Though a 4D ultrasound is quite useful as a diagnostic tool, there are some concerns when it is done purely for a keepsake. A 4D ultrasound is expensive and it is more invasive than either a 2D or a 3D ultrasound. There are some concerns that there could be potential side effects to this form of ultrasound, which is particularly aggressive. Because of this, parents should inquire with their doctor before investing in one.