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Doctor insights on: Having A Baby With The Father Being A Drug Addict

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Can a doctor preform a DNA test on a baby without the mother's consent, when the mother is underage and is a victim in a statutory rape case?

Can a doctor preform a DNA test on a baby without the mother's consent, when the mother is underage and is a victim in a statutory rape case?

Depends: Whoever has legal custody of the child must give consent for all treatments, exams, or tests given or ordered by the physician. This varies somewhat by jurisdiction. Check with a family lawyer or attorney general's office in your state or province. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Drug Addiction (Definition)

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Could a 4 yr old born to a mother who was using meth during the pregnancy have learning difficulties? If so, what kind?

Could a 4 yr old born to a mother who was using meth during the pregnancy have learning difficulties? If so, what kind?

Yes: It is really unclear as to the precise nature of developmental problems in a child exposed to methamphetamine in utero. Cognitive, emotional and physical development can certainly be affected. Such a child is a risk for problems later in life. It's important to do the best for the child moving forward, including, but not limited to parenting classes to learn best to treat the child appropriately. ...Read more

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Can a new mother have post-partum depression even if she was a surrogate and the child is not biologically hers?

Can a new mother have post-partum depression even if she was a surrogate and the child is not biologically hers?

Yes: The surrogate still went through the process of pregnancy and the hormone and bodily changes involved. If there was also a history of depression in the surrogate or in the surrogate's family, the risk is there. ...Read more

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A 105 pound girl who has not abused substance for a month, snorted cocaine, and needs to know how long the chemical her job looks for in cocaine will be in her urine. Will she be okay in 48 hours? She had a relapse and is actively seeking treatment

A 105 pound girl who has not abused substance for a month, snorted cocaine, and needs to know how long the chemical her job looks for in cocaine will be in her urine. Will she be okay in 48 hours? She had a relapse and is actively seeking treatment

Depends: on the amount consumed, whether consuming alcohol at the same time, or any other drug, usually urine tox screen looks for cocaine or one of the metabolites which stays longer in the body, don't believe any would be cleared in next 48 hours, better seek help, check this link, good luck https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx ...Read more

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Can someone lying for a long period of time to a child about who their biological father is cause the child to become a compulsive liar?

Can someone lying for a long period of time to a child about who their biological father is cause the child to become a compulsive liar?

More complicated.: A child learns behaviors by example, and if adults in their lives often lie, they will model that. Adults often tell "white lies" to avoid an interaction, ie, "Tell them I'm taking an nap and can't talk." Thirdly, children often lie to avoid consequences, ie, why tell the truth if that leads to punsihment Also, it depends on whether the child is aware of the truth or falsehood of his parentage. ...Read more

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If a mother of a child has bipolar, is it possible for the child just to have depression?

If a mother of a child has bipolar, is it possible for the child just to have depression?

Yes, or none at all: The risk of passing bipolar disorder from one parent to child is 5-15%. (it's 30-50% if both parents are bipolar.) while the child of a bipolar mother has >5x risk of bipolar disorder compared to the general population, it's nowhere near 100%. Such a child could have depression only, or could be perfectly fine. Fortunately, "perfectly fine" is the most likely outcome statistically. ...Read more

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A friend of mine who is a male with CF wants to have a child. Is there any hope?

A friend of mine who is a male with CF wants to have a child.  Is there any hope?

Infertility MD: Males with CF may be infertile and reproducing may require ivf techniques. Genetic counselling is recommended prior to having children to evaluate the risk of the baby having cf. Speak with a specialist in reproduction / infertility. ...Read more

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If a mom has bipolar disorder and a dad has depression, what are the chances the child will have either problem when he grows up?

If a mom has bipolar disorder and a dad has depression, what are the chances the child will have either problem when he grows up?

Hard to say: The genetic component increases the child's chances. But, the environment, and personality also play a very large role. ...Read more

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Expresed as a percentage what are the chances a parent ie the mother with Pernicious Anaemia pass it on to a son?

 Expresed as a percentage what are the chances  a parent ie the mother with Pernicious Anaemia  pass   it on to a son?

Unlikely: PA is most often acquired as an auto immune disease like some forms of arthritis which is not something you can inherit.Those rare forms that are genetic are inherited as autosomal recessives, meaning both parents must pass on the gene for it to be active in the offspring.Giving percentages is not realistic.You either acquire it in life by chance or from both parents who are often unaffected ...Read more

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If a girl with G6PD want to marry someone with with thalasemia what are the risk factors of having kids? Is it bad?

If a girl with G6PD want to marry someone with with thalasemia what are the risk factors of having kids? Is it bad?

How severe?: Thal minor and mild G6PD deficiency are both very minor and very common clinical problems. If you're in love, then I'm happy for you both. ...Read more

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Mother with ncah and father is a carrier. What can be done to stop future children having the disease?

Mother with ncah and father is a carrier. What can be done to stop future children having the disease?

Genetic referral: Make an appointment to see a geneticist and review your options. This is a difficult situation. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of an HIV positive parent having a child who is negative?

What is the likelihood of an HIV positive parent having a child who is negative?

Very good: With proper medication in utero (during the pregnancy) the chances of the baby having HIV is virtually zero. ...Read more

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What are the chances of an HIV positive mother having a child who is negative?

What are the chances of an HIV positive mother having a child who is negative?

Yes: Advances in HIV care in pregnancy have made mother to baby transmission in the US the exception rather than the rule.Mom's infectious disease specialist works to keep her condition in check and the OB works to make delivery a controlled event.Baby will undergo a variety of tests & normally take meds for a while.When tests show baby is clear initially, monitoring continues for a time until sure. ...Read more

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If a mom is a pos and the dad is a neg will that have any threat to a baby threw any part of the 9m or at birth ?

If a mom is a pos and the dad is a neg will that have any threat to a baby threw any part of the 9m or at birth ?

No: The problem is rh sensitization. That happens when the mom is rh negative. Given you are rh positive should not be a problem. ...Read more

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What are the odds of a child getting lupus if a parent has it too?

What are the odds of a child getting lupus if a parent has it too?

Low: Per the lupus foundation, if a parent has lupus, the chance of a child having lupus is 5%. ...Read more

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How is child development impacted by having a stay-at-home mom as opposed to a working mom?

How is child development impacted by having a stay-at-home mom as opposed to a working mom?

Complicated: In the early months/years family care will give the child more individual attention. Older toddlers/children can benefit from the social stimulation of daycare. The decision has to be what's best for your family emotional/economically. First two sons home cared by father - second set daycare and I see no difference in their development. Be sure to research a daycare facility thoroughly. http://www.livestrong.com/article/72423-daycare-vs.-stay-home-parent/ ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to have a baby with someone who has a history of mental illness in his family?

Is it a bad idea to have a baby with someone who has a history of mental illness in his family?

Not Really: None of us have a totally " clean" family medical history, so there is always a risk of something. And just because there is a history, it certainly not mean the children will have the problem. ...Read more

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What effect does having a bipolar mom and a dad who has a history of depression have on their child's psyche?

What effect does having a bipolar mom and a dad who has a history of depression have on their child's psyche?

Environment/heredity: There is definitely an hereditary component to depression and bipolar disease although this does not mean your child will inherit them. These diseases are multifactorial. As important is the mental state you are in while raising the child. Make sure you are properly medicated to maintain your optimal mental health and have appropriate counselng. ...Read more

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Is it a copout for midlife mom to hire nanny even if she is home part of the time?

Is it a copout for midlife mom to hire nanny even if she is home part of the time?

Tricky question: I hesitate to critique or judge other peoples parenting choices because lord knows it's a difficult job (and someone could write a book about all the ways i'm deficient as a parent). As long as the kids are in a loving home, have food on the table, a roof over the heads, are read to, hugged, listened to and encouraged... Then they'll probably turn out all right... Regardless of nanny. ...Read more

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