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Is it normal for my child to prefer his father over me?

Is it normal for my child to prefer his father over me?

Yes: Sometimes it can seem like dad can calm a crying baby better than mom. This could be because your baby associates you with feeding and when they are crying they may smell the milk and think they are hungry, making them harder to soothe. When dad holds them they forget about this and calm quicker. ...Read more

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My child doesn't look like his father. I didn't cheat. Is this normal? His family is questioning the paternity now.

My child doesn't look like his father. I didn't cheat. Is this normal? His family is questioning the paternity now.

It happens: The child is a blend of maternal & paternal genes & early features may not "favor" either. There are a lot of input there over many generations & the childhood face/hair take years to mature into the adult appearance.By age 9 they have most of their pre-adult features.If they are curious (or hateful) it is easy (but expensive) to get tested.Contract labs often do it without a doctors request. ...Read more

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Can a father with normal blood and a mother with sickle cell trait have a child with sickle cell anemia?

Can a father with normal blood and a mother with sickle cell trait have a child with sickle cell anemia?

NO: To simplify- providing that the father has a completely normal blood - ( no other type of congenital/hereditary bood disorder-like thalasemia minor, hemoglobin c disease etc) - the baby will have 50% risk to have sickle cell trait-but the baby will not have sickle cell anemia. ...Read more

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If one parent is normal but the other has marfan's, what is the probability that their child will develop marfan's syndrome?

If one parent is normal but the other has marfan's, what is the probability that their child will develop marfan's syndrome?

50%: The mutation in marfan syndrome is dominant, so whenever one mutation is present, the person will have the disease. A marfan syndrome parent has one normal gene and one mutated gene. Half of his or her children will get the mutated gene and thus the disease. ...Read more

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If one parent has hb e beta thalassemia and the other is normal, is their child can get disease?

If one parent has hb e beta thalassemia and the other is normal, is their child can get disease?

No: The normal parent will give his or her normal gene to their baby. That means the baby will have one abnormal and one normal gene, meaning the baby would be a "carrier" of one bad gene and not suffer the actual disease. The only way the baby would end up with 2 abnormal genes is if the gene from the normal parent got altered by a new mutation... Which is unlikely to happen. ...Read more

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If one parent has the sickle cell trait and the other is normal, is it possible that their child can get the sickle disease?

If one parent has the sickle cell trait and the other is normal, is it possible that their child can get the sickle disease?

No: Both parents need to pass the genes, so if only one of you have the sickle trait (only 1 gene for sickle) then the baby will not have sickle cell disease. He can get the trait and be able to pass it on to his/her children. ...Read more

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What is the oldest a man can father a child?

What is the oldest a man can father a child?

All depends: If you keep yourself fit and healthy, for a man age is not important. A dad in india fathered his 21st child at age of 94 and one in britain at age 74!be considerate of your child, think about it - is it really fair to have a child at that age ? Remember there are higher risk for chromosome abnormalities, too. ...Read more

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