In this video, Su Laurent answers questions about pregnancy and babies health.
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Wendy Turner: Well, it’s that time again to go through the mailbag and answer some of the many questions that you sent in to our doctors and midwives. Today, Su Laurent, Consultant Pediatrician at Barnet Hospital and Baby Channel Medical Advisor, she is going to answer some of your baby queries. Hello, Su. Dr. Su Laurent: Hi! Wendy. Wendy Turner: Okay, let’s kick off with one from Hailey from Bristol. My baby has Measles and I’m pregnant. Are there any risks? Dr. Su Laurent: Well, unfortunately measles is one of those viruses, which doesn’t actually cause a threat to unborn babies. As you probably know there are quite a number of them to do, but measles is one that doesn’t. The only thing, which occasionally can happens is if the mom gets measles and gets a very high temperature, it could precipitate early labor and that has been recorded, but on the whole it’s not a high risk. Having said that, unfortunately I think we’re going to see more and more children around with measles because as you know there are less and less children who’ve been immunized against measles. Measles certainly can make you very young well and if you haven’t had measles as an adult, and then you get it, you could be extremely unwell. So, it’s probably a warning to parents to think about that. Most parents, however will it become been exposed to measles, so the child’s at this particular mom of Hailey getting measles is actually quite small. Wendy Turner: Okay. So, obviously touching on the MMR -- Dr. Su Laurent: With touching on MMR vaccination. Exactly. Just a sort of a point to make to parents out there who were worrying at the moment should I or shouldn’t I, I’ve certainly had all three of my children immunized against measles mom’s Andrew Bella that the whole -- the single vaccine and I think it’s absolutely essential that everybody should do it, there is no proven risk. Wendy Turner: I agree. Dr. Su Laurent: Fantastic. Wendy Turner: Okay. Can you please advice me, when a baby’s flat head it can be problem, my baby is five-and-a-half months old and about to see a specialist for advice, but just wondered your view? That’s Jane. Dr. Su Laurent: This is a very interesting and an increasing problem at the moment that we see it’s not really a problem, just tell me that we get after lot about. Since we’ve been advising babies and their parents to put their babies on their backs to sleep, we’re seeing more and more babies with flat back to their heads, not surprising really. Wendy Turner: Just sort of here. Dr. Su Laurent: Just that. What happens is and very often it’s slightly on one side or the other. The reason for that is that, when babies come out, they often because they’ve been sort of squished as they come out through the birth canal, as you probably amend that your babies has not necessarily a perfect round when they come out. Wendy Turner: That’s right. Dr. Su Laurent: Then we put them to sleep on their back, if you’re slightly flatter on one side than the other one when you come, you’ll tend to favor that side, the baby will tend to go on that side. Obviously, they’ll -- the more you’re on your back as a baby, the more and your head is quite squishy to begin with, the more you’re going to mold your head on that side. Now that itself is not a problem to growth or brain development, but it’s causing lots of anxiety amongst parents. First of all, as a preventer it’s worth remembering that, when your baby is not asleep, put them on there as much as you can, sit them up whole bum, just get them into other positions and try to encourage if they are on their back asleep to have their heads on both sides, so just make one interesting things on the opposite side of the cot. Wendy Turner: When would the squishiness if you like of the baby head stop, I mean this baby is five months old? Dr. Su Laurent: This baby is five months old. I mean the baby’s head doesn’t feel squishy, but it’s just more sort of moldable and what will happen is as this baby is s