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how do doctors know when a baby has a mental illness?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Don't know of any: Depending on your definition of a baby, i don't know of any identified mental illness in any. One can suspect the possibility one will have problems based on toxic exposures in the womb (alcohol, various meds, etc.) or genetic predisposition. However; I have seen kids who came from worrisome beginnings that grow up normal. Toddlers, now they are a problem unto themselves, but usually a temporary 1.
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
Remember what a very wise classmate of mine (who is a Child Psychiatrist) told me "A two year old is a Psychotic Dwarf with a good PROGNOSIS)!
Dec 24, 2014

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Is it a bad idea to have a baby with someone who has a history of mental illness in his family?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not Really: None of us have a totally " clean" family medical history, so there is always a risk of something. And just because there is a history, it certainly not mean the children will have the problem.
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Is there any correlation between having a mental illness and being dropped as a baby?

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Pediatrics 28 years experience
No: This would not be a cause. Unless there was a severe brain injury as a result of the fall.

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