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how does grief from a death in the family affect a child's social development?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Lots of variables: Your excellent question is hard to answer, because it depends on who died, age of child, effect on rest of family, and many other variables. Research shows that children who lose their mother before age 11 are at increased risk of depression as adults, but there are many possible explanations. Broadly, helping children grieve in age-appropriate ways is best way to minimize lasting impairment.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Age-dependent: A young child mirrors the reactions of the family. Keep routines as normal as possible. Children understand the finality of death around age 10. Withdrawal, loss of interest in usual activities and friends, changes in eating/sleeping and irritability are signs of depression. Seek help from a child psychologist if concerned.

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How can my eating habits during pregnancy affect my child?

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Starts with desire!: See your primary care doctor first to get a check-up. Then, follow the mediterranean diet, daily physical activity 300 minutes per week for life. Reduce alcohol intake to 1 glass of wine 3-4 times per week. Avoid unsaturated fats, eat lots of good fats, eat and drink well in moderation. Eat protein at all meals and do not skip meals!
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Is it normal for my childs confidence to drop when a teenager?

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Difficult teens: The teen years are not just a problem for parents. Teens go through puberty at differing rates which triggers a lot of "am i normal" thoughts. They become self conscious about weight, clothing, hair, sexuality, money etc as their brain matures & they see the diversity in their friends.Significant anxiety occurs in up to half & many need third party counseling thru the rough spots.
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Must I deny my child have energy drinks or sports drinks?

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Yes: There is no reason for a child to drink energy drinks. Sports drinks are unnecessary most of the time and typically have too much sugar.
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What risks will my child with syncope have riding a bike?

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Looking for long term affects of fetal CMV in children?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Deafness, neurologic: 10% of affected fetuses are symptomatic at birth: small size for gestational age, hepatosplenomegaly, petechiae and purpura of the skin, and jaundice at birth. >2/3 of the newborns with symptomatic congenital CMV infection will have neurologic involvement, including microcephaly, seizures, abnormal neurologic examination, and feeding difficulties. Most have progressive deafness (sensorineural).

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