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Doctor insights on: Fetus Thumb Sucking Good Neural Development

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What is the impact of maternal cocaine addiction on baby's motor development?

What is the impact of maternal cocaine addiction on baby's motor development?

Not good: Maternal Cocaine addiction can lead to microcephaly (small head) and growth retardation in infants. Cocaine may also interfere with maternal-infant bonding, as some research shows the mothers are less flexible, less engaged, and have shorter feeding sessions than other mothers with newborns. Even at 2 years of age, the infants show deficiencies in both fine and gross motor development. ...Read more

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What nutrient prevents defects of the baby's spine and brain?

What nutrient prevents defects of the baby's spine and brain?

Folic acid: It has been shown that folic acid is critical to the development of the spinal column in a baby, and using a supplement with folic acid dramatically reduces the incidence if babies born with myelomengicele. ...Read more

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Does a baby's pacifier use affect teeth alignment?

Does a baby's pacifier use affect teeth alignment?

Usually: In recent years, pediatric medical discussion on the use of pacifiers has focused on the ability of non-nutritive sucking (nns) to seemingly have the ability to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (sids). From a dental viewpoint, the use of pacifiers is recommended with caution as it can cause several changes in the way a child's teeth relate. Playtex ortho-pro has shown little orthodontic change. ...Read more

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What role does mothers hormones, etc play on development of baby health?

What role does mothers hormones, etc play on development of baby health?

Not aware of any: The infant teeth are more a marker of general growth than influence of sex hormones. Differing from things like baby acne or breast enlargement, teeth seem destined to follow their own path. Some have teeth at birth & some not until 15 mo or later.They seem to be done coming in by 3y. ...Read more

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Do you enhance your brain development as a child through social development?

Do you enhance your brain development as a child through social development?

A + for learning: If the social interactions are positive and reciprocal ( give-and-take) and the other social partner knows how to recognize what the child has mastered and what he's ready to master, the child is encouraged to learn. Building on experiences enriches a child's learning, so being exposed to new, positive experiences is a plus. ...Read more

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If a breastfeeding mother inhale pm2.5 while moving around, will that compromise the safety of her breast milk?

If a breastfeeding mother inhale pm2.5 while moving around, will that compromise the safety of her breast milk?

PM 2.5 particulates: The small particulates we deal with daily are no worse than the smoke from fires out distant great great grand parents dealt with.The placenta and your own bodies waste removal system (kidney, liver) sifts through your blood and purifies it before it crosses into the breast milk.All of us should avoid fumes from known toxins, oil paint, pesticides for our own health. ...Read more

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Can a fetal doppler detect womb sounds, maternal heart beat, and umbilical cord (abdomen the size of a 26 week pregnancy) with a pseudo pregnancy. ?

Can a fetal doppler detect womb sounds, maternal heart beat, and umbilical cord (abdomen the size of a 26 week pregnancy) with a pseudo pregnancy.  ?

Fetal doppler...: ...Can detect any movement of blood in the body, but with a false pregnancy, all the doppler rhythms should be at the same rate as the woman's heartbeat. Fetal heartbeat tends to be much faster so if you find that, the pregnancy is probably real. ...Read more

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Any guides to fetal baby development week by week?

Any guides to fetal baby development week by week?

Textbooks, library: There are many, including some very good textbooks. Depends on how detailed you want the discussion. "the developing human" is a good one, though it has been around awhile. Your local library should have a decent section of books on this subject. Your preference in style will be important, so look at several to see which explains things in terms you like. Touchpoints is best for baby development. ...Read more

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Does sex damage the development of a baby during 7 weeks of pregnancy?

Does sex damage the development of a baby during 7 weeks of pregnancy?

NO: Having sex does not damage a baby's development during any part of pregnancy. For more about sex during pregnancy see http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/sex-during-pregnancy/art-20045318 ...Read more

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How does a fetus get fetal alcohol syndrome? What modifies the fetus's growth?

How does a fetus get fetal alcohol syndrome? What modifies the fetus's growth?

Alcohol injestion: Any amount of alcohol while pregnant can cause fas. We do not know the amount needed. Sometimes we see only fetal alcohol effect, not syndrome. Usually, if a mom injests significant alcohol, her nutrition is poor which delays fetal growth. ...Read more

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Can caffeine in breast milk affect intellectual development of the infant?

Can caffeine in breast milk affect intellectual development of the infant?

Possibly: Small amounts of caffeine taken in the morning are probably not harmful. But if a baby does not get adequate sleep due to excessive caffeine in the breast milk, the lack of sleep can certainly affect their intellectual development. ...Read more

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Is fetal movement of baby with any 'problem/defect' like down syndrome, the same as a normal growing fetus?

Is fetal movement of baby with any 'problem/defect' like down syndrome, the same as a normal growing fetus?

Depends on the : Degree of low muscle tone ( hypotonia) that is present in a fetus with down syndrome ; the size (smallness for gestational age) of the fetus. Some mothers of infants with ds say they felt less fetal movement than from their non-ds fetuses; others say their fetus with ds was a good " kicker." there is a range of hypotonia in infants with ds, just as there is a range of cognitive ability. ...Read more

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Can a parents pot smoking affect the child (fetus) from conception?

Can a parents pot smoking affect the child (fetus) from conception?

Unclear.: Marijuana use has not been conclusively linked to adverse fetal/neonatal outcomes, however it remains illegal throughout most of the world and can cause maternal depression/psychosis with dire sequelae. It should not be used as antiemetic - other fda approved medications are safer and effective. ...Read more

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Can raising a premature baby's feeding from 19cc to 30 cc play a part in the baby getiting necrotizing enterocolitis?

Can raising a premature baby's feeding from 19cc to 30 cc play a part in the baby getiting necrotizing enterocolitis?

Unlikely: Nec (necrotizing enterocolitis) affects mainly prematurely born infants who sustained hypoxic insult. Early introduction of oral feeding seems precipitate the development of nec, not the increase of oral intake. ...Read more

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Has double thumb. If secondary thumb is surgically removed at age 39 years, will it affect hand functionality and safety of main thumb?

Has double thumb. If secondary thumb is surgically removed at age 39 years, will it affect hand functionality and safety of main thumb?

Unlikely to affect: But the best thing to do is to see a board certified hand surgeon and have them assess this and provide you with a detailed explanation of the risks and benefits. Good luck. ...Read more