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Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Only child, parental concerns exceed those of neighbors. Who is right?

Only child, parental concerns exceed those of neighbors. Who is right?

Go With Parents: I always believe the parents until proven otherwise.If they perceive a problem, even if i disagree, they have some issues that need resolved. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo Dr. Desarbo
Psychiatry
16 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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If a person with a severe mental disorder raises a child, can that child develop that specific disorde, toor?

If a person with a severe mental disorder raises a child, can that child develop that specific disorde, toor?

Possibly but...: It depends on the mental disorder and how it effects the caregiver and the child. Also, the genetic heritability of many mental disorders predispose the child, often to a greater degree than the environment. Still, if for instance, a parent has severe depression, and they are motivated to be compliant with treatment, see a therpaist, take meds if indicated, etc., then they can still be effective. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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Hai dr, seeking kind attention i have a 5 year old son who is very energetic, active all the time, sometimes very hyper too...He is my only child ?

Hai dr, 
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i have a 5 year old son who is very energetic, active all the time, sometimes very hyper too...He is my only child 
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Impact?: Does he get into trouble frequently for disruptive behavior, have trouble getting along with kids his age, have trouble learning basic preschool skills or self-help/adaptive skills like dressing himself, hygiene, using utensils, or tying his shoes? If yes to any of these, call your local school district for a child find evaluation for eligibility for early childhood special education. ...Read more

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Dr. Vance Harris Dr. Harris
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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It is recommended that if you want to have a baby, it is better to have two and the preferable age difference is 20 -30 months. Is there the series of methods to create a happy and successful life for our only child?

It is recommended that if you want to have a baby, it is better to have two and the preferable age difference is 20 -30 months. Is there the series of methods to create a happy and successful life for our only child?

Under a dozen: I am sure many old children might argue that they turned out pretty good so it isnt the same for everyone. Having 5 children of my own i see how they had to learn to life together, help each other, be patient with the ones who required that and learned to serve in a family. That was pretty great too. Each person has to decide that issue for themselves. You can wait and see if you still want anothe. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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What are the characteristics of a child with autism?

What are the characteristics of a child with autism?

Superficially..: These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. There are varying degress of severity.Early dignosis and appropriate therapy improves greatly the prognosis.The cause currently is unknown. ...Read more

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza Dr. Gonzalez-mendoza
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
38 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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What're some characteristics of a child with diabetes?

What're some characteristics of a child with diabetes?

Type 1 or 2: Children that develop type 2 diabetes are usually obese at the time of diagnosis. Children with type 1 are usually lean, and present with a history of weight loss. Warning since 20% of our children are overweight you sometimes have a hard time determening which type of diabetes at the begining. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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Whats it mean if child having a specific language impairment (sli)?

Whats it mean if child having a specific language impairment (sli)?

Specific language : impairment is a delay in mastering language in a child with no hearing loss or neurodevelopmental disorder. SLI includes deficits in vocabulary, syntax, grammar, phonological awareness & conversational skills, but not articulation. There is often a family history of SLI. The risk of dyslexia is 40-70%. Early, intensive language therapy & a language-enriched home environment help minimize impact. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeb Teichman Dr. Teichman
Pediatrics
34 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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At what age is an only child (male) a biggest challenge to single mom?

2: There is no one answer to this question because every child is different but as a matter of personal opinion i think 2 yo are always a challenge. Now that being said for any child (adult children as well can offer their own unique challenges. ...Read more

Dr. Glen Elliott Dr. Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
39 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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Does an only child have a bigger tendency to develop a psychiatric condition?

No.: Great question with some interesting aspects. For instance, if a first child is autistic, parents may choose to not have others, which can look like first children are more at risk. Lots of research on birth-order effects, but most of it is not about mental illness so much as personality traits, job choices, that kind of thing. ...Read more

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Dr. Mary Denman Dr. Denman
Gynecology
20 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Why would severe prolapse appear suddenly 4.5 years after the birth of my only child?

Why would severe prolapse appear suddenly 4.5 years after the birth of my only child?

It got worse: Often prolapse can be present and the woman not feel it. Usually when it progresses past the opening of the vagina it can become noticeable, and this can seem to happen all of a sudden. Often doing pelvic floor muscle exercises can help. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Is there an app that allows me to describe my child's illness characteristics and then see causes?

Is there an app that allows me to describe my child's illness characteristics and then see causes?

Yes,but...: Probably, but the lack of detail and context of the individuality makes these exercises dangerous for misinformation. Best to check with your pediatrician. ...Read more

Dr. Nela Cordero Dr. Cordero
Pediatrics
50 years in practice
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
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If only child, should my child have play dates even if with kids in school from 8 to 6?

If only child, should my child have play dates even if with kids in school from 8 to 6?

SCHOOL 8 to 6: It would be nice to play with other kids but it seems your only child is already tied up with schooling from 8 to 6. He also needs rest. Perhaps on weekends he can have play dates. ...Read more

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Dr. Julan Crane Dr. Crane
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
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Dr. Karl Muench Dr. Muench
Clinical Genetics
57 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Can you have a child with the physical characteristics of edwards syndrome but not have any chromosomal abnormalities?

Can you have a child with the physical characteristics of edwards syndrome but not have any chromosomal abnormalities?

Yes: Some of the physical signs of edwards syndrome are non-specific, that is, shared by other syndromes, with or without chromosomal abnormalities. No one sign is diagnostic, and several signs could be present in a child with normal chromosomes and without its having edwards syndrome. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I'm worried because my daughter (and only child) 32yrs sick with a bad drug/alcohal addiction for the past 3nd1/2 yrs and, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my daughter (and only child) 32yrs sick with a bad drug/alcohal addiction for the past 3nd1/2 yrs and, what do you suggest?

Alcoholism: Alcohol/drug abuse is a very challenging illness -- not only because it is deadly, but also because the ill person may not be interested in change. Desire for drugs can eclipse everything else in life. Your first step could be attending alanon, which educates ; supports family members. Trained interventionists can also help families intervene with their loved ones so that they accept help. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Gorlick Dr. Gorlick
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
51 years in practice
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My niece who's almost 21, has recently had sudden panick attacks. Shes always been very outgoing. Shes an only child she has many friends. Recently she has been suffering from acute sudden panic attacks where she can't even be in public. My concern is

My niece who's almost 21, has recently had sudden panick attacks.  Shes always been very outgoing.  Shes an only child she has many friends.  Recently she has been suffering from acute sudden panic attacks where she can't even be in public.  My concern is

If : If she has true panic attacks she will be able to describe them and the DX should be clear from this alone. They are not related to depression but to anxiety and a good approach to help such patients is to: have them obtain and read and study a good book on this subject (many out there for the public). Here is just one: treating panic disorder: a quick reference guidepsychiatryonline.Org/content.Aspx?Bookid=49&aid=154340cached you +1'd this publicly. Undo oct 27, 2011 – treating panic disorder: a quick reference guide. Based on practice guideline for the treatment of patients with panic disorder, ... ...Read more

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett Dr. Poinsett
Pediatrics
34 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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What are some reasons why an only child would want a little brother or sister?

Many: As many answers as there are only children. It helps to ask them what they are thinking, focus less on the why or why not. As the single mom of an only teen son, i heard many different reasons depending upon the time of day! i was delighted to find out that he has a half brother and half sister. No need for me to have another child. Our blended families are learning how to co parent. ...Read more

Dr. Sarosh Batlivala Dr. Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
12 years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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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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Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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Daughter is the only child, after my stroke i cannot give everything, she screaming at me. Now i'm living w my dad?

Daughter is the only  child, after my stroke i cannot give everything, she screaming at me.  Now i'm living w my dad?

Family therapy will: Help everyone in the household share their feelings about your current physical status. Your daughter probably needs individual therapy, as well. Ask your doctor, physical therapist, home health nurse or social worker for referrals to a stroke survivor group ; to appropriate counselors. ...Read more