What are the possible effects that teratogens have on the child, and how are these effects going to affect the parents in caring for the child?

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Karyth Cara eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The effects of prenatal exposure to teratogens on the child born include cognitive deficits, like memory function; behavioral problems, like hyperactivity; and change to anatomic brain structure, like changes to the corpus callosum. The parents will be stress and overloaded to the extreme in raising a child with these problems particularly in light of the guilt and self-loathing (that might turn to child- or other-directed anger and hostility) one or both may feel knowing the mother's actions were the cause.