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I need help. What should I do as child of single parent who is very ill?

I need help. What should I do as child of single parent who is very ill?

Thru your physician: If your parent is severely ill and getting care thru a physician, hospital, or clinic--these clinicians often have connections to social workers or counselors who can give you advice, for instance if you your parent needs hospice care or if you qualify for in home help. Many caretakers find help thru internet groups who share their experiences about specific illnesses. ...Read more

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What happens to a child if his or her parent becomes mentally ill?

What happens to a child if his or her parent becomes mentally ill?

Depends: The staff dealing with the parent will generally include social workers & mental health nurses that are well aware of the needs of the extended family. Children of an impaired parent will be placed when possible with family members or may need temporary foster care. In my state the facility works with family services to identify & provide these services when needed. ...Read more

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What effect does having a chronically ill parent have on a child?

What effect does having a chronically ill parent have on a child?

Dealing with stress: Depending on the age and personality of a child, the effects of having a chronically ill parent can be significant. Open communication and support are critical. ?'s need to be answered and efforts made to insure that incorrect assumptions by the child dont unduly affect them. I recommend counseling whenever a child seems to be overwhelmed. Teachers can provide input too. Reassurance important. ...Read more

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Can a brand new mutation produce a mentally ill child, if both parents don't have mental illness?

Can a brand new mutation produce a mentally ill child, if both parents don't have mental illness?

Probably: Autism is often associated with a "polymorphism", essentially a single Amino Acid substitution in an enzyme. This may or may not be spontaneous in the child but it makes the child more sensitive to oxidative stress because of this important biochemical change. ...Read more

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Only child, parental concerns exceed those of neighbors. Who is right?

Only child, parental concerns exceed those of neighbors. Who is right?

Go With Parents: I always believe the parents until proven otherwise.If they perceive a problem, even if i disagree, they have some issues that need resolved. ...Read more

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Which parent determines the sex of a child?

Which parent determines the sex of a child?

Both and neither: Male chromosomes are xy, females are xx, so if conception is combining one from each, you might say that the male determines. However, the hormone balance, temperature and other factors in the mother's body influence whether xs or ys are favored. But, bottom line, none of this is under conscious control so really neither parent has control. ...Read more

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How much should parent pay if living with a child?

CHILD SUPPORT: Parent should pay for everything including the child if he is the breadwinner in the family. If wife is working, then she contributes to the family household expenses. ...Read more

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Is it legal for a parent to slap his child in the u.S.?

Is it legal for a parent to slap his child in the u.S.?

Yes but: Each culture defines what its usual forms of acceptable parenting include. Within the American culture, you may be carted off to jail for child endangerment if your neighbor reports this kind of "parenting". Less so if you slapped the kids rear end, but you cross the wrong taboo here and you will need a lawyer. ...Read more

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If a child has an immigrant parent, what are problems getting medical history and records?

MEDICAL RECORDS: The immigrant usually brings important papers with him like medical records, diploma, school grades and exams, resume, etc. He knows all of these are needed during relocation. ...Read more

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What happens if a parent has gaucher's disease type 1, does the child get gaucher's disease type 1 or type 2?

What happens if a parent has gaucher's disease type 1, does the child get gaucher's disease type 1 or type 2?

? other parent: GD is an autosomal recessive disease. So if parent # 1 has it, he has two copies of the gene to have the disease. If parent #2 doesn't carry the gene, then the most the child can be is a carrier. If parent #2 is a carrier, then there is a 25% chance that the child will have GD , and a 50% chance of being a carrier. A genetics specialist is the best one to confirm all of this. It's been a while ...Read more