From press reports
Have you ever wondered how talking on a cell phone, eating a mid-day snack, or taking medications can affect your unborn child? These are issues facing every parent regardless of religion, race, or social status. Dr. Sandy Zeskind, an expert on the prenatal environment, will answer these questions and more at the First Fridays for Kids Series, hosted by the Council for Children’s Rights on Friday, Feb. 5.
Dr. Sandy Zeskind of the Department of Pediatrics at Carolinas Medical Center has focused 35 years of his career and research on the prenatal environment. He currently plays several roles at Carolinas Medical Center, including Director of Resident Training in Behavior and Development, Director of Neurodevelopmental Research, and as a Research Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
His research focus is on how the environment, starting with the prenatal environment, adversely effects the infant’s neurobehavioral development in ways that have previously been undetected. The research focuses on the differences between an infant’s crying. This research allows medical professionals to detect damage to the infant’s neurobehavioral development, despite healthy routine assessments.
Dr. Zeskind has examined the mothers’ use of small amounts of alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine and antidepressant SSRIs during pregnancy that can create a subtle form of prenatal malnutrition, which affects approximately 40% of seemingly healthy infants. Children with these prenatal conditions are at high risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, poor intellectual and social development, attention deficits and various behavior disorders.
Who: Dr. Phillip Sanford Zeskind
When: Friday Feb. 5, noon-1 p.m.
Where: Children & Family Services Center, Training Room 1, 601 E. Fifth Street, Charlotte.
RSVP: Penny Hecht at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-372-7961