Australian Birth Defects Society

A Society devoted to the study of birth defects

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Teratogen Updates

· Genetic mutations cause many birth defects [June 2015]


New Factsheets at Mothersafe

· Haemorrhoids [March 2017]

· Head Lice and Scabies [September 2016]

· Cold sores [April 2016]

· Dental treatment [May 2016]

· Omega 3 fats [March 2016]

· Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy [March 2016]

· Skin care, hair care and cosmetic treatments [September 2015]

· Herbal Medicines [March 2015]

· Smoking cessation and nicotine replacement therapy [Nov 2014]


Updated Factsheets at Mothersafe

· Influenza vaccination [March 2017]

· Hayfever [March 2016]

· Whooping cough vaccination

· Common cold [May 2015]


Dietary Iodine in pregnancy


European Network of Teratology Information Services (ENTIS)

· No increased risk with ACE inhibitor exposure during first trimester

· No increased risk of major congenital malformation with exposure to varenicline.

· First trimester exposure to Methylphenidate  is not associated with increased risk of congenital malformations.

· Zika review of US cases .  JAMA. 2017;317(1):59-68


Page updated 6 April 2017