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6 on Health: High fever during pregnancy puts baby at risk

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.

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