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Neurotoxicity Syndromes In Children
Dexamphetamine/ADHD meds and neurotoxic effects? If I am on a therapeutic dose for the rest of my life will I suffer neurotoxicity?
No: If they help, keep using them and ignore internet scare stuff. Some of the antipsychotics have long-term brain toxicity, but if this was a recognized effect of these familiar and widely-used meds, I would have heard about it. ...Read more
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Started taking norfloxacin and just read possible side effects (psychosis, neurotoxicity, permanent peripheral neuropathy) I'm concerned, should I be?
Quinalone: Quialones are a class of antibiotics that do have SIDE effects. I have been practicing ER 20 years I have seen seizures and Achilles tendon ruptures. I am unaware of anyone with a permanent neuropathy from the medication. Most SIDE effects seen in elderly. For someone your age I would not expect problem. ...Read more
I am 28 and have foetal alcohol syndrome, I was just wondering if it could be inherited by my 3 children?
FAS: Fetal alcohol syndrome is a label applied to infants where alcohol exposure during pregnancy created toxic effects on otherwise normal tissues. The features range from altered facial appearance & heart defects to injury to brain cells. Add or learning problems is common. This is not genetic & no mom passes it to her kids unless she ingests alcohol during pregnancy & replicates the injuries. ...Read more
Not enough info:
Unfortunately you have not given enough information to answer your question. I would discuss this with your pediatrician.
Tics are common in children - approximately 15% of children will have a tic at some time. To have tourette syndrome a person should have tics that exist for at least one year and change form or become multiple, changing in form over time. Tics also wax and wane over time. ...Read more
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Most children with asperger's present a group of specific signs: having repetitive and unusual behaviors; having ritualistic behaviors and pre-occupations (obsessions) with certain topics; difficulties "reading" social cues and difficulties empathizing (sensitivity to other's feelings); in general, difficulties relating to others.
Please, seek a specialist to diagnose this condition properly! ...Read more
Big problem: People/ Kids cant pay attention due to a brain chemistry imbalance, and the meds target that so the person can focus and concentrate and remember what people say to him/her. ...Read more
Have seen a couple: In three decades as a pediatrician, I have seen a couple. My first was during training & one in my practice. Most are felt to be caused by new mutations of one copy of chromosome 7. Years ago diagnosis was based on physical findings, today a gene test or "fish" test probe can be done on potential patients for confirmation. ...Read more
Individual decision: It is a decision that is made by the parents and one that should be made after receiving accurate and complete information. ...Read more
Many: Teachers, speech, physical and occupational therapists as well as medical providers and psychologists are some of the career paths that would allow you to work with special needs children. If your goal is to work with these children you just need to decide in what capacity. Do you want to be hands on providing services or have more indirect role. The possibilities are endless. ...Read more
50% for each child: Marfan syndrome is caused by a mutation of the fbn1 gene on chromosome 15. An affected man (or woman) has one normal and one mutant fbn1 gene in each of his (or her) cells. For each of his children, the chance that he will pass on the mutation is 1/2 or 50%. This pattern of inheritance is called autosomal dominant. ...Read more
Autistic Disorder is: A categorical diagnosis given when a person's set of observable behaviors meet criteria in the diagnostic & statistical manual used by mental health professionals & developmental/behavioral pediatricians. Because it's the quality of social reciprocity & communication + repetitive movements/narrow, restricted areas of interest, not just a delay, it requires a thorough team evaluation for diagnosis. ...Read more
What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?
Lots: There are quite a few fields, including nutrition, childhood development, child and adolescent psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry (physicians) and developmental and behavioral health pediatrics (physicians), or general pediatrics (physicians). As to whether any of these jobs are fun. . . That's up to each individual. ...Read more
My first cousin's baby has been diagnosed with Goldenhar/ OAV syndrome. No-one else in the family has it. Is it something I could pass to my children?
No: If your cousin's baby is the first in your family, it is very nearly impossible for you to carry a recessive gene (most of the Goldenhar cases are sporadic, that is, happen randomly). Only a tiny number are inherited and this small number of Goldenhar cases are identified when several members of a family are affected. Your children are very safe. ...Read more
This is a complicated condition and many children will have developmental/intellectual delays. Best if you make an appointment with a Genetic Specialist who can guide you through the diagnosis and possible outcomes. Here's an article that you may find helpful.
http://ghr. Nlm. Nih. Gov/condition/jacobsen-syndrome ...Read more
Inherited or steroid: The common cause is congenital, but it can also be caused by maternal steroids passed on through breast milk to the newborn. It is different from breast milk jaundice (breast-fed infants have higher bilirubin levels than formula-fed ones). If inherited it is a recessive gene. ...Read more
For an assessment:
Of the child's developmental needs & toilet-training readiness, if < 3 yrs. Old, call Pam Barton,
Franklin County Help Me Grow Coordinator at (614) 227-9860. If 3-5 yrs. Old, call Lynn Brannon, Director of Early Childhood Special Education at (614) 542-4106.
At the same time, call (614) 355-8080 for an evaluation at the Down Syndrome Clinic, Nationwide Children's Hospital, (614) 355-8080. ...Read more
Many issues: This is a descriptive term indicating an infant or child who fails to meet the parameters for age and size and weight and in fact is falling down. This is an index of problems that need explanation. Categories: child abuse, malabsorption, severe infection, chronic illness, cancer, blood dyscrasias, inherited issues. Your pediatrician should be consulted immediately to sort this out. ...Read more
DS Phenotype: Flattened face, upward-slanting eyes, skin folds at inner corners of eyes, transverse palmar crease, & more. Many have congenital anomalies of the heart, intestine, skeletal system & other organs, along with hearing loss, vision problems & certain blood & neurological disorders. Intellectual Disability is usually mild-moderate. Guidelines for medical & developmental care are well-established. ...Read more
Yes.: :simply discuss this issue with your ob/gyn specialists to allay your concerns! ...Read more
No: As a phenomenologically defined entity, and considering that no reliable universal genetic marker was identified, it is impossible to predict with any level of certainty as of now. What is possible though is the diagnostic evaluation of a kid already exhibiting behaviors. ...Read more