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Doctor insights on: Comparison Between Only Child And Having Siblings

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What's the chance of a child having a clubbed thumb if a sibling has it?

What's the chance of a child having a clubbed thumb if a sibling has it?

Fair: A duplicated thumb is either a dominant inheritance or 50% chance or a spontaneous occurrence and almost no chance for a sib getting. A club thumb is similar. ...Read more

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How can I prepare my child for the arrival of a sibling?

How can I prepare my child for the arrival of a sibling?

L: This is complex. I would refer you to the american academy of pediatrics website. You can find much useful information there. www.aap.org. ...Read more

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Should I use donor registry to find sibling or donor for my child first?

Should I use donor registry to find sibling or donor for my child first?

Depends: I have had parents that were successful in finding the same but anonymous donor at a sperm bank that helped them with a second pregnancy, assuring some similarity in the physical appearance of their two kids. Success in their situation came when the donor was still working with the bank.You can discuss such an option with local facilities if this is your ?. ...Read more

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What is the probability of the sibling of someone with autism having an autistic child?

What is the probability of the sibling of someone with autism having an autistic child?

Suggestions: If the child with autism had a genetic microarray & dna probe for fragile x, his/her parents may be willing to share the results. Also, a 3-generation family history of the prospective father and mother is warranted, not just for autism, but for other medical and psychiatric conditions that may be related. A prenatal genetic counselor (www.Nsgc.Org) may then be able to discuss risks. ...Read more

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Would really like to have another child in a year or two but afraid my 4 year old might be to far in age. What's the ideal age gap for sibblings?

Would really like to have another child in a year or two but afraid my 4 year old might be to far in age. What's the ideal age gap for sibblings?

As a father of four,: I do not believe there is an ideal age gap for siblings. My youngest and oldest, a 7-year gap, get along great, as do my other two, who are only 2 yrs apart. Bringing a baby into the home will cause some stress and require adjustment, no matter what the age is of the older child. It's more a matter of going with your gut as to what is best for all involved. ...Read more

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If an older sibling routinely beats up a younger sibling then is it called child abuse?

If an older sibling routinely beats up a younger sibling then is it called child abuse?

It can be: More frequently, there may be a concern that the parents are not adequately supervising the children and may be charged with neglect. It is the parent's responsibility to make sure that the children are in a safe environment. The older child may need some behavior therapy to change his behavior, but the parents bear the responsibility. ...Read more

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Can a non-trached child catch esbl kleb-o from her same age trached sibling? Could her pneum. Be k-o

Can a non-trached child catch esbl kleb-o from her same age trached sibling? Could her pneum. Be k-o

It is possible: It is possible for a healthy patient to acquire an esbl-producing klebsiella from an exposure care that is a colonized with esbl producing organism. Still, it may be more likely to cause outbreaks in patients in an skilled nursing facility or a hospital. So, yes, a sibling could have an esbl klebsiella pneumonia after exposure to a colonized sibling. This could produce pnuemonia. ...Read more

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My sibling has VCFS. Is it possible for me to be a "carrier" of microdeletion 22q11 and pass it on to my child if i don't have the deletion/syndrome?

My sibling has VCFS. Is it possible for me to be a "carrier" of microdeletion 22q11  and pass it on to my child if i don't have the deletion/syndrome?

Microdeletion 22q11: Hello Rosette. Inheritance of Microdeletion 22q11 is autosomal dominant & just one copy of the gene causes the actual syndrome. This prevents you being a "carrier" (silently carrying the gene but not the syndrome). Frequently, it is not inherited and a new gene mutation. For some, Microdeletion 22q11 can be subtle & diagnosed in adulthood so I recommend Genetic counseling due to a sib w/VCFS. ...Read more

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My brothers son has autism, is it likely my child will be born with autism? My husband doesn't have autism in his family

My brothers son has autism, is it likely my child will be born with autism? My husband doesn't have autism in his family

Autism's origins: New studies on chromosomal material have shown a number of autism cases related to sporadic changes(micro deletions or insertions) in the genetic code that probably occurred prior to conception. Of rare families with >1 affected child, this appears to be the case. Newly affected families have little if any chance of replicating that event, or sharing it across family lines. ...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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