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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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My three brothers have autism i don't have it. Two are my half brothers. If i get pregnant, what are the chances that my child with have autism?

My three brothers have autism i don't have it. Two are my half brothers. If i get pregnant, what are the chances that my child with have autism?

Can't tell, but...: Over recent decades, more people describe themselves (or are called by others) as autistic. That creates a big group of people with various disorders, but who have in common their autistic features. Some have known causes (other disorders) that cause their autistic features, but many or most have unknown causes. A geneticist can help look at the sibling's disorders to see if it might be hereditary. ...Read more

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Should parents force their children to love and connect to each other if the child does not feel any real connection to their sibling? Huge age gap.

Should parents force their children to love and connect to each other if the child does not feel any real connection to their sibling? Huge age gap.

Sibling: it should be the responsibilty of the older child to connect with the youngest one, good relationship between the two fosters for safety and security for the younger one. No one can force another person to do any thing. proper upbringing and family values need to be imparted by the parents ...Read more

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Autism:my dads son from dads 1st marriage has it &my brothers daughter has it. What are the chances my child will have it? My bro and I have diff dads

Autism:my dads son from dads 1st marriage has it &my brothers daughter has it. What are the chances my child will have it? My bro and I have diff dads

Cause of Autism?: If the family members, especially your niece, have a diagnosis of one of the > 30 known genetic syndromes with autism as part of their neurodevelopmental profile, or comparative genomic hybridization &/or dna probe for fragile x show genetic abnormalities, ask your OB to refer you to a prenatal genetic counselor to determine if the pattern of inheritance increases your risk. ...Read more

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Is it ok for my son to be around another child who's sister has RSV my 1 yr old niece has RSV and want to know if it is ok for my son to be around the 1 yr old's siblings

Is it ok for my son to be around another child who's sister has RSV my 1 yr old niece has RSV and want to know if it is ok for my son to be around the 1 yr old's siblings

You : You do not need to separate your child from the infected child's siblings. This is a very common virus that most kids have contracted by age 3. It is usually worse in kids under one; in kids older than one, if contracted would present like a common cold. The key for your son and for all the kids in this situation is handwashing. Frequent handwashing will help prevent the spread of the virus. ...Read more

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I do not have autism, but my 2 brothers do. My wife has no family history of autism. What is the chance of our first child having autism? Please let me know if you want more information.

I do not have autism, but my 2 brothers do.  My wife has no family history of autism.  What is the chance of our first child having autism?  Please let me know if you want more information.

Difficult issue: Newer studies are showing minor genetic information abnormalities in many kids with autism and these were first studied and found in families with more than one affected child. The defect likely originated in the eggs before conception. You likely just got lucky and have little risk because you got normal DNA. The science is still evolving. A consultation with a geneticist may be your best info. ...Read more

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If there is an autistic child or sibling or other family member, is there reason for gene testing the family?

If there is an autistic child or sibling or other family member, is there reason for gene testing the family?

Possibly: If there is a known genetic abnormality in the person with autism, then family members of child-bearing age may benefit. Even if physical & neurological exam reveal no signs of a specific syndrome in a child with autism &/or intellectual disability, genetic microarray & dna probe for fragile x reveal an abnormality about 15% of the time. Evaluation by a geneticist is needed in those cases. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for one child to pass chicken pox to a sibling?

How long does it usually take for one child to pass chicken pox to a sibling?

Not very long.: All that is needed is droplets from a sneeze or cough, or contact with the clothing, bed linens, or oozing blisters of an infected person; so a few minutes of contact is all that is necessary. After that, there is an incubation period of about 2 weeks before the sibling gets the rash. ...Read more

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Would a child show signs of muscular dystrophy by 4? My son has low muscle tone and can tire quicker than brothers but he can jump, ride bike, etc

Would a child show signs of muscular dystrophy by 4? My son has low muscle tone and can tire quicker than brothers but he can jump, ride bike, etc

Many types: There are many different types of muscular dystrophy, some of which do not show symptoms until even adulthood. If you have concerns about your child's muscle functions, best to go to a large pediatric academic center that has a muscular dystrophy clinic. There you will find the various experts who can determine if there even is a problem, and it so, what it is. Best to use experts here! ...Read more

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Male, 45, sudden chest pain, fairly faint but sort of uncomfortable. Dad had heart attack at 74. Youngest child out of 6. No other siblings w/ issues?

Male, 45, sudden chest pain, fairly faint but sort of uncomfortable. Dad had heart attack at 74. Youngest child out of 6. No other siblings w/ issues?

Get seen! : Any chest pain, especially if it is not expected or ordinary (like after you bump your chest or something), needs to be evaluated right away. There could be a number of things wrong. Don't delay. ...Read more

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What are some effects to my baby if I had my cousins or brothers baby?

What are some effects to my baby if I had my cousins or brothers  baby?

Consanguinity: If the mother and father are closely related, for example siblings, there is a greater chance of genetic disease being found in their offspring. Some estimates are a 31% higher risk for death or serious defect when siblings mate. The risk is considerably less when cousins mate - approximately 1.7-4.4%. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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