How Does Eclampsia Affect My Baby?

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Sharing from Anne Ireland: "I have a 6 month old female grandbaby. She was born 2 months early. [The mom] had severe eclampsia, was given large doses of magnesium, had normal delivery. baby is very fussy, and is hard to console 24-7 a day! She eats poorly and is breast feeding. Developement is slow but average. Why does baby cry all the time?Is it a magnesium sideeffect?"   In fact, eclampsia can affect your baby if it prevents the placenta from getting enough blood to provide adequate food and oxygen. The result can be that your babies are born very small. Based on Anne's description, the baby's development is slow but still at average. If that is true, the condition of eclampsia has not affected your baby. The baby's development should be assessed by a pediatrician to be sure. Baby cries for many reasons. However, magnesium taken by the mom before delivery is rarely considered as one of the reasons why babies cry a lot. The best thing you can do is to visit a pediatrician to check up your grandbaby and give you suggestions on comforting.   We are sincerely grateful for Anne's sharing story! We hope all the questions you raised and stories you shared could make a difference to those who are suffering from it. All your kind sharing or questioning is welcomed. Once again, HTQ is always available as long as you need us.
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