6 on Health: High fever during pregnancy puts baby at risk
Running a high fever during early pregnancy is known to be dangerous, but until recently the question remained -- is the fever or an underlying infection that puts a baby at risk?
A fever during the first-trimester can increase an infant's risk of developing a congenital heart defect and certain facial deformities like a cleft lip or cleft palate.
A new study reveals that the high temperature itself can lead to birth defects, separate from the underlying infection.
The doctors behind the study say this is good news because fever-associated defects are preventable.
It could even be as simple as taking over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen.
Our 6 on Health Report is sponsored by Beaumont Emergency Center.