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Dan Sullivan
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Careful with that baby.

Postby Dan Sullivan » Fri Oct 14, 2005 3:16 pm

From a trial in upstate NY...

Testimony was made that metaphyseal fractures by themselves are fairly common minor occurances that mean very little unless there are OTHER indications of physical abuse (shaken baby) and in that case the meta fxs could have been caused by the shaking. Again, absent some other strong indications of shaken baby, meta fxs (frequently undiagnosed) mean little and usually have no long term consequences.

You should know that humans have approx 200 bones in their body, but at birth the number of bones is over 300.

The reason for this is the knobby ends of many long bones aren't attached yet!

Careful with that baby!

Dan Sullivan
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Postby Dan Sullivan » Fri Oct 14, 2005 3:17 pm

As we learned in another case, many preemie babies are born with a lack of calcium simply because they haven't gone full term. And to make matters worse the hospitals frequently prescribe medications for these infants that have a side effect of decreasing the absorbtion of calcium. So they do have TEMPORARY BBD and will grow out of it over time... a self resolving problem the Drs call it.

Meaning a baby could have brittle bones for the first few months of life, break a bone, and that lack of calcium not be detected because by the time CPS has agreed (if they ever do) to test for a lack of calcium... the problem has resolved itself.


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