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Magnitude Of Maternal And Child Health Problems
If a mother's and/or father's abuse of drugs or alcohol throughout their lifetimes affect the health of their children?
I agree, parents: Are role models for their children. They are learning to drink. In addition, their children are at high risk to either become alcoholics or marry one. There is also a strong hereditary factor which make the risk of becoming addicted higher. Sons of alcoholic fathers ; daughters of alcoholic mothers are at highest risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does being preg with anxiety disorder increase the risk of having a child with mental health issues and if so mental health issues like what?
What are the effects of lack of nutrition on the physical, intellectual, and social development of a child?
Many Things!: Factors we know are associated with mental development in children include nutrition ( breast vs bottle feeding) macronutrient and micronutrient intake, genetics certainly play a significant role in cognitive development, social determinants including demographics are involved. Parent factors like level of bonding for infants and overall parenting skills also are significant. Many variables! ...Read more
Does being pregnant and have an anxiety disorder increase the risk of having a baby with autism or any other mental health problem?
No and Yes: Having anxiety disorder is not a risk factor for your baby developing autism. Anxiety is a common problem in populations. Having anxiety does increase the chances that the child may have a mental health problem. Anxiety runs in families. Definitely keep on top of your counseling, therapy and treatments during pregnancy and as a young parent. Untreated anxiety has bad effects on kids! ...Read more
What is the medical term for the mental problems of codependency/adult child of alcoholic/para-alcoholic?
There isn't one: Since each person may experience a situation differently, many outcomes are possible. If pathology is there, it might be diagnosed differently. "codependent" is a common term, but it isn't a medical one. Depression and anxiety are frequent in people with such backgrounds. Sometimes they can also end up with compulsive personality features. Many other possibilities also. ...Read more
Nature/nurture: As children develop they are shaped by two factors, their genetics and their enviornment. The mental health of the parent would impact both. Genetically many mental health disorers are generationally passed on. The stability of a parent greatly affects the child developmentally. Different theories of development identify different levels of impact. Overall, most theories agree childhood is. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
There are many: adverse health effects of poor nutrition in children, such as poor growth, obesity, poor weight gain, more frequent infections, poor brain development, poor bone health, decreased ability to focus in school, decreased energy and therefore decreased ability to exercise enough/properly, among others. ...Read more
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
Can smoking during pregnancy cause mental illness and physical health complications later in a child's life?
Varies: The first FAS babies were described in the 1950'sand born to alcoholic mothers.Since that time a large variation in the intensity of symptoms related to intensity of exposure has emerged. The time during pregnancy and the amount, effected the degree of defects.Some had facial and organ defects and learning problems.Some with lighter exposure show mild ADD or no symptoms at all. ...Read more
Wow, where to begin?: I'm not sure what's "not real" about autism or adhd; but, in prepubertal children, there's also anxiety, sometimes depression, & learning disabilities. After puberty, depression and anxiety increase markedly, as do eating disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder. Not counting adhd (8-10% of the population), in any one year, serious other illness affect about 10-12% of the child population. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
>risk for both: Absence of prenatal care puts mom & baby into the risks of pregnancy before 1900 when childbirth was a leading factor in maternal death. Teens have >risk of toxemia in pregnancy, (>bp+seizures), some types of birth defects etc. Absence of prenatal care >risk of avoidable baby complications and complicated birth. Advanced medical care during labor/delivery or later may not save you from bad choices. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whose health has more of an impact on the health of the fetus: the mother's or the father's health?
The mother's: health is usually paramount.Get a more detailed answer ›
Child and family: The easy answer is genetics, biology (eg, prematurity, illness) and environment (family and community).Parenting that uses consistent, well-defined rules, rewards and consequences appropropriate for the child's age supports emotional well-being. Parental involvement with interactive play, language, listening, reading and adult-supervised peer interaction supports social development, as well. ...Read more
Yes: Many common conditions are determined by a combination of genes and the additional, potentially interactive, effects of environmental factors. Examples would include cardiovascular disorders and age-related macular degeneration. Where the genetic disorder is caused by only a single gene, then the effect of the gene predominates but environmental factors still have a role, eg cystic fibrosis. ...Read more
Controversial: The effects of sugar and other foods or additives in chidlren with autism or adhd are highly controversial. Best reserach suggests that, especially with chidlren under age 5 or 6 years, if may have an effect. One problem is that sugar rarely is the only variable--context (party, after school, etc.) may have a big impact. Check for yourself; if it helps, restricting it may be worth the effort. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I needcontract with adult child living at home. Both mother and son have extreme anxiety issues, including depression and lack of self-worth.
SOUNDS DIFFICULT: Whatever the way of living has been, it doesn't seem successful. Anxiety and depression are hard to bear & hard to live with. Maybe time to take all to a therapist and see what can be done to change things. This does not have to be permanent. Sometimes one personalone cannot find a better way. The chances improve when a thearpist witha different view joins in. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on variables: Most extra digits are poorly formed&attached by a thin stalk.These are often removed @ birth with no consequence.Occasionally we see completely formed extra fingers, usually on the pinky side & these are usually left alone. Other than being a curiosity, they function as normal fingers.The genetics are usually autosomal dominant but can skip several generations & express differently when seen. ...Read more
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