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Doctor insights on: Being An Only Child Characteristics

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Is having normal naked pictures of your baby considered child pornography by the police?

Is having normal naked pictures of your baby considered child pornography by the police?

No: The police will only get involved if you broadcast these pictures on widely disseminated public media. They will also consider the intent of such broadcasting. You might for instance send such a picture to a friend of relative on the internet but be cautious that sometimes these can be sent to others if strangers can view them. There is always the good ol' us mail. ...Read more

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If an adult goes to counseling and reveals that she was abused as a child, will the parents be turned in by the counselor?

If an adult goes to counseling and reveals that she was abused as a child, will the parents be turned in by the counselor?

No: Many adults who were abused or neglected as children, seek out psychotherapy. Their parents are not "turned in" by therapists or psychiatrists, but the adult patient is worked with as needed. The important thing is to assist the patient in front of us, to recover and heal. The only time we might have to report, is if there's a child still in the home who might be harmed. ...Read more

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What is the probablity of a child being bipolar (type 2) if one parent is but not the other?

What is the probablity of a child being bipolar (type 2) if one parent is but not the other?

Unclear..: Research on this is extremely varied, ranging from about 3% to nearly 50%. It does seem as though there's a strong likelihood of a mood disorder but it is unclear how much of this is genetic vs environmental. In other words, it's not a given but parents should keep an eye out for developing mood symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the probability that a woman whose brother has duchennes disease will herself have an affected child?

What is the probability that a woman whose brother has duchennes disease will herself have an affected child?

1 in 8: Well, if grandma is a carrier, the woman herself has 50% chance of being a carrier, and if she is, 50% of her daughters will be carriers and 50% of her boys will be affected - so 1 in 8 for a child in general, 1 in 4 for a boy. ...Read more

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Are there any benefits to growing up with a sibling as opposed to being an only child?

Are there any benefits to growing up with a sibling as opposed to being an only child?

Possibly: There may be some affect on social interactions and friendship. However, studies have been mixed and there is no conclusive evidence that having a sibling will improve social interaction. ...Read more

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If someone is sexually abused by an uncle is that still considered to be incest?

If someone is sexually abused by an uncle is that still considered to be incest?

Difficult to say: The word incest has a negative connotation mostly dealing with something a person has no power over and something which cannot be changed. I am afraid that a person could become stereotyped by labels and that they are of little value in the long run. A person needs to know that what happened to them as a child, they had no control over and should not blame themselves. ...Read more

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If a male child receives chemotherapy, will he be sterile as an adult?

If a male child receives chemotherapy, will he be sterile as an adult?

Infertility: Up to one-third of adults who undergo fertility testing after having been treated for cancer in childhood or adolescence have suspected infertility. Patients and their parents should be counseled about the possibility of infertility and about fertility-preserving measures. ...Read more

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Is it possible that having an autistic brother also mean their sibling has a disability?

Is it possible that having an autistic brother also mean their sibling has a disability?

Autism is genetic: Having a sibling with autism definitely increases one's risk of having developmental delays or autism. It does not mean they will definitely have problems. Your pediatrician should be able to perform some simple screening tests in the office to determine if your child has any developmental problems. ...Read more

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What are the odds that a latin person would be an albino especially when there is no clinical visual impairment linking to being albino?

What are the odds that a latin person would be an albino especially when there is no clinical visual impairment linking to being albino?

Very low: The odds of albinism is low to begin with, 1 in 17,000. If there are no visual disturbances it is even more unlikely to be albinism. Melanin is required for the development of the optical system, and since melanin is absent in albinos, they all have visual problems unfortunately. ...Read more

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Is it typical for an autistic child to physicaly hurt another person?

Is it typical for an autistic child to physicaly hurt another person?

Many are aggressive : But not all. Here is an excellent resource on the issue. I live with my grandson who is 6 years old and has autism. He seems to get aggressive if he does not understand why he is being told " no." www.Autism.Com/index.Php/treating_tips video presentation: addressing challenging behaviors: strategies for tantrumming, aggression, self-injury, and food refusal- presented by melissa olive, phd, bcba-d. ...Read more

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If neither parent has NF1 and they have a child with a seemingly spontaneous case, what it the likelihood of having another child with the disorder?

If neither parent has NF1 and they have a child with a seemingly spontaneous case, what it the likelihood of having another child with the disorder?

Negligable: The incidence of NF is cited as 1/4000 with about 30% as new mutations. Since your child is a new mutation, the risk would be much less than 1/4000. Since about 4% of all pregnancies end up with an unexpected outcome (premi, infection, birth defect), I would look at the risk as negligable.You may want to review the contributions of both parents to your risk profile with a geneticist before pregnan ...Read more

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If one child is albino and other visually impaired, could the impaired child be a carrier of albino gene?

If one child is albino and other visually impaired, could the impaired child be a carrier of albino gene?

Albino inheritance: There are 2 types of albionos: those with involvement with skin, eyes and hair and those with just eye involvement. It is possible that your child in fact has albinism so make sure you ask your eye doctor to check for that. On the other hand he cause of albion is a recessive gene or a random mutation - rare. There is a 1/4 chance he inherited the gene from his parents. ...Read more

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If an adult was suspicious that they have an autism spectrum disorder; what's the way to get diagnosed?

If an adult was suspicious that they have an autism spectrum disorder; what's the way to get diagnosed?

See a psychologist.: They will do a complete evaluation, including psycholological testing, which will almost always give the correct answer. ...Read more

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Is there any signs for being an autistic child silent?

Is there any signs for being an autistic child silent?

Pre-school aged: Children with autistic spectrum disorder who have have good pattern recognition & rote memory for learning shapes, colors, numbers & letters & talk about their narrow, repetitive areas of interest like " little professors" may go undiagnosed until social demands unmask non-compliance for following directions for non-preferred activities & lack of interactive, reciprocal pretend play with peers. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a kid have bipolar tendencies if their parent is bipolar and not have it?

Would it be possible that a kid have bipolar tendencies if their parent is bipolar and not have it?

Sure can: Well anyone can have bipolar tendencies, and if there is family history there is increased risk. Some beleive bipolar has become grossly overdiagnosed, especially in children - there is a 70% overlap with adhd symptoms. A good pediatric clinical psychological or pediatric psychiatric evaluation can help with proper assessment. ...Read more

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Is it fair to have a psychological evaluation when you are sad and depress? The court ordered psychological evaluation on the parents. One parent who had custody of the child for 16 years temporary loss custody and the child was given to the abusive paren

Is it fair to have a psychological evaluation when you are sad and depress? The court ordered psychological evaluation on the parents. One parent who had custody of the child for 16 years temporary loss custody and the child was given to the abusive paren

A : A good court evaluator would take into consideration all aspects of the parental care of the minor child. It is certainly understandable that the circumstances described would create great stress for the custodial parent and could contribute to the mood disorder described. However, if that parent had custody for 16 years, it is reasonable to assume that the child is at least 16 years of age and certainly in many state jurisdictions has a say about which parent he/she wishes to live with. It is not stated why the long term custodial parent lost custody nor what the nature of the alleged abuse might have been. These are the very factors, especially the adolescent's viewpoint that a competent evaluator would be taking into account. ...Read more

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What are some of the things a child dislikes about being an only child?

Little: An only child is usually the center of attention; the focus of the adults giving care. What's not to like about that? When he needs others of the same age to play with, nursery, preschool and school make a nice substitute. Your child will not know how good this is until the next child enters his life! ...Read more

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If the mother of a child has herbes type 2 dormant when pregnant with child, will the child be immune?

If the mother of a child has herbes type 2 dormant when pregnant with child, will the child be immune?

Not completely: If a mother delivers vaginally with her first genital outbreak, there is ~30% risk the baby could get it and have a terrible illness. If a recurrent outbreak, this drops to ~4% but suppression of outbreaks or c-section delivery before the membranes are open 4 hours can cancel the risk. Some women shed herpes without an outbreak and could pass it causing an illness that appears at about 2 wks. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a child being bipolar if one parent is but not the other?

What are the chances of a child being bipolar if one parent is but not the other?

Genetic risk: Genes always come into the equation, ao there may be genetic risk without there being a specific gene that causes it. Since the brain is a biochemical "machine" it needs proper fuel so the best approach is preventive by learning the best "god made" diet for all of us.Leave out the "junk". ...Read more

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What is the relationship between being an overweight child and adult obesity?

What is the relationship between being an overweight child and adult obesity?

Strong!: Obesity is in epidemic form in the U.S. The most important cause is the "junk", particularly sugary stuff, ice cream, sodas including, sweeteners etc. The taste mechanism is a signal to the brain that gives pleasure. It should be a combination of sweet, sour, bitter, astringent, salt and metal that gives flavor as appredciated in all "god made" food. Obesity is a reflection of hedonism. ...Read more

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