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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

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Is it possible to feel fetal thumb sucking?

Is it possible to feel fetal thumb sucking?

NO: Who would have ever told you that ? You can fell fetal movement starting at around 20 weeks. ...Read more

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What dental problems can result from thumb-sucking?

What dental problems can result from thumb-sucking?

None: None. Baby teeth fall out. New teeth replace them. If you are still doing it after your permanent teeth come in, then you might have bigger problems to worry about than just your teeth. ...Read more

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Can thumb sucking result in gum infection in infants ? How can it be stopped ?

Can thumb sucking result in gum infection in infants ? How can it be stopped ?

Thumb sucking: Thumb sucking is normal and it can not cause gum infection. Also, most infants out grow this so no need to try and stop it. ...Read more

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Can thumb sucking habbit result in reduced appetite in children? What is the best way to stop kids from doing this?

Can thumb sucking habbit result in reduced appetite in children? What is the best way to stop kids from doing this?

Age and School: Many parents have asked me about thumbsucking. It provides emotional support for the child and yelling only makes things worse. Increasing maturity and peer pressure will solve the problem. Many quit on their own. For the rest, the first time a child sucks his/her thumb in school and gets called a baby will be the last time (S)he does it.. I've never seen it linked to appetite. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is there anything wrong about adult thumb sucking?

Is there anything wrong about adult thumb sucking?

Thumbsucking: Adult bloodsucking is completely abnormal and needs psychological evaluation.. ...Read more

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Is it okay for a 13 year old to be thumb sucking?

Is it okay for a 13 year old to be thumb sucking?

Thumb sucking: Thumb sucking at his age is not helping his bite..he should have been broken from the habit years ago ...Read more

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How can I wean my child off thumb sucking?

How can I wean my child off thumb sucking?

Thumb sucking: You just have to remind them it is not a good thing to do. You have to break the habit. You could reward them with toys or bribes. Try to stay away from candy. You can also read some of the articles by dr brazelton who is an excellent resource for pediatrics. Good luck. ...Read more

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Other than dental issues. Are there any other health risks associated with adult thumb sucking?

Other than dental issues. Are there any other health risks associated with adult thumb sucking?

Malocclusion: Besides dental complications of developing a malocclusion, thumb sucking at any age poses a risk for infection by introducing bacteria into the oral cavity. If you are going to continue with the habit, wash your hands thoroughly before doing it. ...Read more

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How can I break my thumb sucking habit?

How can I break my thumb sucking habit?

THUMB SUCKING: Sometimes breaking the habit of thumb sucking can be a challenge.The thumb can be infected yet they continue the bad habit. Getting busy and ignoring the habit is one way to try. T think this is the one that works. Putting hot sauce or tying the finger are not effective. ...Read more

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How can I stop my child from thumb-sucking?

How can I stop my child from thumb-sucking?

Teddy bear can work: A toddler (I hope s/he is at least this old) uses the thumb to self sooth while exploring the world.If you give them a teddy bear/soft snuggle of some sort, that will keep one hand/arm busy,it helps them self sooth. Since they need a free hand/fingers to touch and explore, they stay out of the mouth.Don't fuss at them about it, as that gives them anxiety, which requires self soothing. ...Read more

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What are the long term consequences of thumb-sucking?

What are the long term consequences of thumb-sucking?

Many: Grinding your teeth can result in headaches, earaches, damage to your teeth and enamel causing erosion of the teeth and sensitivity, increased risk of cavities, and loose teeth. If you grind your teeth, see your dentist to get fitted for a mouth guard. ...Read more

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Help please? What health risks associated with adult thumb sucking?

Help please? What health risks associated with adult thumb sucking?

Overbite: Which is worse ? Sucking your thumb at age 47 or having to wear braces? Neither or both. It depends. You probably wont do much harm to the thumb unless you happen to forget its there, get in a car accident or have a convulsive seizure and end up biting down on it. Compulsions, anxiety and oral fixation can be treated if it causing the person distress. ...Read more

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Do socks work at stopping thumb-sucking?

Do socks work at stopping thumb-sucking?

Thumb sucking : Socks usually just get wet and them are just stuck i'm the mouth with the thumb. When ever i had these types of questions , i always looked up and followed whatever dr brazelton would say to do. He is helpful with sleep issues as well. ...Read more

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What's recommended as a cure for thumb-sucking in adulthood ?

What's recommended as a cure for thumb-sucking in adulthood ?

Habit: You have developed a habit disorder. The best way to deal with this is to replace the behavior with another behavior that is not so aggravating to you and others. Use your imagination to think of one and you can heal yourself by yourself! good luck! ...Read more

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How should I reward my child when trying to get her to quit thumb-sucking?

Rewards for good : Rewards for good behavior can be a simple as goods words and praise for good behavior. Most children like to keep their parents happy and do good. Try to stay away from candy. You can try bribes like a certain toy but try not to get in the habit of rewarding them for everything it is amazing how many parents tell their children they can get a toy after their doctor visit. Anyway. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hey, I have a very bad overbite due to thumb sucking when I was smaller. Is there any less expensive ways I can fix it?

Hey, I have a very  bad overbite due to thumb sucking when I was smaller. Is there any less expensive ways I can fix it?

Thumb sucking: Parafunctional habits, continued beyond age 4, can cause both alignment and skeletal malformations, especially if there is an underlying genetic malrelationship. Sorry, no quick fix, salve, pill, gadget or gizmo, snake oil, or homeopathic. See a fully qualified specialist Orthodontist for initial exam (usually free) to determine the extent of your problem, treatment options, and fee options. ...Read more

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I'm 19 years old and can not break a thumb sucking habit it's never public but is becoming a problem what are ways to stop thumb sucking?

I'm 19 years old and can not break a thumb sucking habit it's never public but is becoming a problem what are ways to stop thumb sucking?

Treat Impulse D/O: Thumb sucking is a type of an anxiety disorder called an impulse disorder, like impulsive shopping, nail biting, etc. There are specific cognitive behavioral techniques for treating impulse disorders (may apply ocd response/prevention techniques) and medications (high dose ssris and atypical neuroleptics). www.ocfoundation.org for support. Ask for help. ...Read more

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Adult thumb sucking and pacifier use associated with anxiety?

Adult thumb sucking and pacifier use associated with anxiety?

Thumb Sucking: Adult thumb-sucking can definitely be tied to an anxiety disorder. In fact, the thumb sucking ; pacifier use could cause you to swallow significant air, making reflux symptoms worse. I would consider cognitive behavioral therapy to find out the cause of the behavior--it can lead to chronic fungal and bacterial infections of the thumb that could be "digit losing". The cbt will give tools to help. ...Read more