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My Baby has 12 fingers and 12 toes.

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  • Posted By: Lemondrops2008
  • December 8, 2009
  • 10:45 AM

My baby girl was born on October 2, 2009 amd she was born with 12 fingers and 12 toes. She is biracial and i dont know what could have caused this. I have trouble sleeping i did take benadryl while pregnant. I was also on vicodin for leg pain because she was laying on a nerve. They removed one extra finger in the hospital it was just attached by a little piece of skin and other finger was removed on November 12, 2009. The Doctors do not want to remove her extra toes until shes atleast a year old. I'm worried it going to effect her walking crawling. Shes not going to be able to wear shoes. Any advice?

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  • Congratulations on the new baby girl!Your baby was born with a genetic condition called polydactyly, another way of saying extra toes and fingers. Like hair color or eye color, genes even control features like having 10 fingers. Your daughter simply has the gene for extra toes and fingers. Its an interesting phenomenon because its what geneticist refer to as a dominant genetic condition meaning that although your daughter has the gene for 10 toes and fingers it is dominant so she will have 12 toes and fingers. However, most of the time our bodies somehow tend to prevent that dominant gene from making us have extra toes or fingers and instead we use the normal gene that gives us 10 toes and 10 fingers. It is more common in African Americans occurring anywhere from 1 in 500 to 1 in 1000 births. Its rarer in adults and we don't usually see it because its always taken care of by surgery in the early stages of the child's life. It should not affect your child's ability to crawl and walk and she will be a perfect, happy baby girl. Now finding shoes might be a little more difficult but maybe you can take up a new hobby like knitting to fashion some cute booties for her :)So do not worry and follow your pediatricians advice on what to do. Just remember that it is a lot more common than many people realize, it will not affect the baby at all, and its is taken care of very easily with surgery.Cheers,DanielMy baby girl was born on October 2, 2009 amd she was born with 12 fingers and 12 toes. She is biracial and i dont know what could have caused this. I have trouble sleeping i did take benadryl while pregnant. I was also on vicodin for leg pain because she was laying on a nerve. They removed one extra finger in the hospital it was just attached by a little piece of skin and other finger was removed on November 12, 2009. The Doctors do not want to remove her extra toes until shes atleast a year old. I'm worried it going to effect her walking crawling. Shes not going to be able to wear shoes. Any advice?
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