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Is prune belly syndrome genetic?

I'm possibly pregnant with my ex boyfriend's baby. He suffered from Prune Belly Syndrome/Eagle-Barret's Syndrome. I'm wondering if this is genetic, and how likely it is to be passed on. I'm just nervous because I've heard that some babies born with prune belly syndrome are still born or only live for a few months... and I've seen how many problems it caused with my ex (He used to cry in pain, and he was brought to the hospital alot of times for problems with his kidneys).

How likely is it to pass on?

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What chromosome is affected when a person has Prune Belly Syndrome?

I have to do a report for genetics and after searching high and low I cannot seem to find a definite answer as to which chromosome(s) are effected during the syndrome. My teacher will NOT accept that I could not find it. Any help would be great.
Seeing as how this was given out as a genetics project for chromosomal disorders, and that this project has been done by my teacher for years, concludes that there is in fact, a chromosomal defect. I was simply looking for someone to give a second confirmation on one of the chromosomes that I found in my research, being that I found sources that state a variety of possibilities.

And frankly, being an honors student I believe that my research methods are competent enough that I did find several possibilities and I do not appreciate the implication that I was simply slacking, anyone can copy wikipedia.

dang, that was a hard one to track down.

From my brief readings, I believe that prune belly syndrome is more of a developmental problem than a result of a defect in a chromosome. Also, it seems the causes of prune belly syndrome is not quite clear. I ran across a study where it suggests the loss of methylation on chromosome 6 might be linked to prune belly, but it is not clear. Hope that helps.  (+ info)

How much prune juice should I give my daughter to help her constipation?

She is one year old and has been having hard stools for two weeks. For two days, she has been straining to go potty, and has me hold her and rub her belly until it comes out. I am taking her to the doctor, but in the meantime, how much prune juice can she have to ease this?
Also, when she does get it out it is only a tiny bit, so she still isnt getting everything out.

A couple of fluid ounces.  (+ info)

How do you get rid of the pot belly even if you're not overweight?

I got the Wrestler syndrome, great muscle definition but my belly pops out. How do I flatten my stomach? Could a colonoscopy do the job?

Well there are a couple of tricks, one would to be to reduce your sugar intake--and carbs--yes it's a carb thing. Men store excess carbs in their stomach and women store them in their hips and rear ends. Bear and liquor motabolize into sugars, so do starchy foods like bread, pasta and white veggies like potatoes. Try drinking light bear and cutting down on simple sugars--eat more whole grains that are more difficult to digest and are better for your body. You should see a difference in a little under a month.  (+ info)

what are the risks involved when testing for Downs Syndrome during pregnancy?

i will keep baby either way, no question... so why would it be necessary for me to have the test done if it poses risks to the baby?

granted, it would be nice to be preparing for the birth of a Downs Syndrome baby, if that is the card we are dealt.

i know that they take the sample from the amniotic fluid through the belly button, but i keep hearing that there are all these risks.

i am just wondering, what exactly are the risks ot this procedure?

I'm going through this right now, also. My triple screen came up with a higher chance of DS and I had a couple ultrasounds that showed a small nasal bone, another indicator of DS.

According to the fetal/maternal health specialist that I saw, the risk is a 1/1600 chance of miscarriage. Like the nurse said, "That doesn't seem like a lot until you're the one."

The doctor I saw was very understanding and did not push us one way or the other. We opted not to do the amniocentesis because we decided that it wouldn't change a thing. I agree that it would be nice to be prepared, and I have tried preparing myself mentally and emotionally but found that I really don't know how...and I don't think it would make a difference if I knew 100% or not. My doctor said there is no difference in prenatal care for a DS baby and nothing that needs to be different when the baby is born (except in the case of a heart defect, if there is one, which can't be done until birth anyway).

I went a bit off the subject here. Good luck on your decision.  (+ info)

Is it safe to let my 10 month old sleep on his belly?

From birth, I have placed my 10 month old to sleep on his belly in accordance with the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome guidelines. Now that he's more mobile, he is rolling onto his belly and falling asleep there. I check on him and roll him back to his back. Does anyone know if this is risky now that he is 10 months old? Are the risk of SIDS still there. I've heard up until 12 months old.

First off positioning has nothing to do with why a baby suddenly stops breathing. Suffocation is not SIDS so a baby that dies on its tummy because it was face down in the crib or because of a blanket is not SIDS it is suffocation, not the same thing. They have changed the way they rule a SIDS death and suffocation is suffocation it is no longer considered SIDS. My daughter was on her back and still died of SIDS. I joined a SIDS group shortly after she died and guess what....most of the mothers in my group have also stated that their babies were on their backs, sides, in strollers, swings, etc. There were only a couple on their tummy. If a baby dies on its tummy and it was not suffocation then yeah it was probably SIDS but that baby would have died in any position just like my daughter did. A sudden cesation of breathing has nothing to do with positioning or there would be no babies at all dying other than in just one position. People are so hell bent on this back to sleep stuff that they follow it so cautiously along with everything else they have come up with and then like me their baby dies and they are left saying but I did everything I was supposed to. It doesn't matter what you do. Whatever is causing these babies to stop breathing is beyond our control as parents. It is something you have no control over and if it's going to happen it's going to happen. Your daughter should just enjoy her baby, as should you, and not let this overwhelm you. I've had two more and both of them slept in whatever position they wanted, usually on their stomach, and they are both fine. SIDS has been known to happen up until 1 year but the risk decreases after six months. I know three people in my SIDS group that lost their babies at 10 month and two at 12 months. There are also 2 that lost their baby to SIDS while their baby was awake so it doesn't even have to happen while they are sleeping. As far as it running in families this is false. SIDS IS NOT HERDITARY. I asked every doctor that was involved in my daughter's care at the hospital because I was terrified of having anymore children. They all said that it is not herditary and is not likely to happen twice in the same family.  (+ info)

Uncle with Down syndrome, should I really consider the tests?

My uncle has down syndrome his cousin has down syndrome, so I have a possibility of a Down Syndrome pregnancy. I really don't want to have those tests done, is that a bad thing? Is there another way other than sticking a needle into my belly? I really don't want to take any risks with my pregnancy. Or should I? Anybody that can help with some advice? Thanx alot.

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Is it possible to lose your pouch hanging belly with ab exercise, if so what kind?

how can u get rid of the hanging belly syndrome?

It is not possible to spot reduce fat in just one part of your body, like your belly. In order to lose belly fat you will need to lose the fat all over your body.

In short you may need to start:

1) Eating healthier, this means:

Eat smaller meals
Eat more meals a day
Don’t starve yourself
Eat more vegetables and fruit
Drink more water
Less sugars and empty calories (less soft drinks, cakes, cookies)
Switch to whole wheat versions of your bread and pasta, brown rice instead of white rice

2) Exercising:

Forget crunches, crunches work your ab muscles but they dont burn enough calories to lose belly fat, if you do hundreds of crunches daily you will have great abs but you wont see them under your belly fat.
Prefer full body exercises they burn the most calories and increase you metabolism for a few hours after your workout.
Get a training partner or a fitness trainer, a very worthwhile investment - of the money you save on junk food for example =)

Try also to reduce stress and get enough sleep. Both of these are related to weight gain and emotional eating.

For more try: http://www.lose-belly-fat.com

I wish you all the best,
John  (+ info)

What are the signs of Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Well, sometimes I get these really painful cramps around my belly area. (rarely) Usually I only get stomach aches when I have to make a bowel movement. I admit, I don't eat the most healthy foods but I only eat fast food once or twice a week, most times. I am a 13 year old girl by the way. I am worried that I may have IBS.

Some people will experience problems in only one part of the gut others will have symptoms in several areas. Symptoms can and do change over time. So your symptoms may depend on which part of the gut are involved.

Feeling full after even a small meal, sometimes you may not be able to even finish a meal. Abdominal bloating after meals.

Increased gurgling noises which may be loud enough to cause social embarrassment (borborygmi).

Severe abdominal bloating and generalised abdominal tenderness associated with bloating.

Right-sided abdominal pain, either low or tucked up under the right ribs. Does not always get better after going to the toilet.

Pain under the left side of the ribs. Erratic bowel movements alternating from constipation to diarrhoea.

Abdominal pain and cramps

Bloated Stomach





Noisey tummy

Unwell feeling


Wind (flatulence)  (+ info)

OMG.I am so worried.I have my first tri screening today for down's syndrome.they do a vaginal or belly u/s?

how long does the u/s last? what kind of u/s did u get? what were your results?

I only had 1 transvaginal ultrasound and that was the very first one. The DS ultrasound was rather painless and they measured the space in his neck. They also took some blood with a needle that did actually hurt. I am okay with having my finger pricked, but this one was a little bigger and hurt a little more than usual. It healed after a day or so.
I could tell by looking at my son's bone structure that he didn't have DS - I actually work with lots of DS individuals so I know what their bones are shaped like.

You'll be okay, you don't want to worry because you are putting added tension on your baby.  (+ info)

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