Preventing Spina Bifida - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/15/05

Preventing Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida is a devastating birth defect which can leave children with a life-long disability. It is believed to be almost totally avoidable if the mother's diet contains enough of the vitamin folic acid.

"If only I knew before I was expecting and I had taken the folic acid she'd be much better. She has the problems of not being able to walk, not having control of the bowels and the bladder," says Salma Adam who has a child with Spina Bifida.

Steps have been taken in the United States to make folic acid more available by adding it to grains like bread, cereals and rice. That's why a campaign is underway now to do the same thing in Europe where the incidence of Spina Bifida is still very high.

Meanwhile, the March of Dimes recommends all women take folic acid as a supplement during pregnancy, and even before pregnancy if a women is trying to conceive.

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