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ERIC Number: EJ781331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Spina Bifida and Folic Acid Awareness
Exceptional Parent, v37 n12 p69 Dec 2007
Spina bifida is the most common, permanently disabling birth defect in the United States. It is a birth defect that involves incomplete formation of the spine during the first month of pregnancy--often before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Everyday, an average of eight babies are born with spina bifida or a similar birth defect of the brain and spine. All 65 million women of childbearing age are at risk for having a pregnancy affected by spina bifida. Women who have a child with spina bifida, have spinal bifida themselves, or already had a pregnancy affected by any neural tube defect are at greater risk of having a child affected by spina bifida or another neural tube defect. This article discusses the importance of folic acid intake by women of childbearing age as a way of preventing disabilities in children. Taking the B-vitamin folic acid daily reduces the risk of spina bifida and other neural tube defects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A