During birth, or shortly thereafter, infants may suffer from a hypoxic event wherein inadequate oxygen is provided to major organs. Unfortunately, this is one of the most common problems for a pediatric physician. Children who have been exposed to medications such as SSRIs during pregnancy, most often during the third trimester, may experience withdrawal symptoms mirroring forms of hypoxia. Gray matter damage on brain MRIs of children who have experienced a hypoxic event predicts adverse motor outcomes at age two.
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