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if the mother has mild mental retardation, will her child be retarted also?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Depends: If there is a known genetically determined cause, it is possible.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Possibly: There is such a thing as familial intellectual disability, often associated with small head size. There are many genetic syndromes that cause intellectual disability and are inheritable, so mom could see a geneticist to try to determine if she has one of these. Mom also can receive in-home help with child-rearing and activities of daily living through state agencies that receive federal funding.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Not necessary: It depends on the cause of the mother's retardation.

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