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Epidurals May Affect Newborns

Sunday, 16 November 2008 14:05
A recent study published in April's issue of The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics states that epidurals can cause fevers in mothers during childbirth which in turn causes doctors to test newborns for blood and tissue infections and treat the newborns with antibiotics. Newborns who are born to mothers with epidurals are 4 times more likely to receive antibiotics because doctors are concerned about the possibility of newborn infection. This is in spite of the fact that babies of women who receive epidurals were not more likely to have infections than those born of mothers without epidurals.