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Might a mans past drug use effect child development?

Might a mans past drug use effect child development?

No: Unless your current actions and interactions with the child are an issue there should not be any effect on development. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Child Development (Definition)

Child development is the established norms for a child developing certain skills, such as sitting up, walking, talking, and making compromises socially. Parents and professionals refer to these established norms to see if a child is developing physically ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: child development?

What is the definition or description of: child development?

Established norms: Through observations of groups of kids, normative stages have been established for children, i.e. We know the approximate ages that kids begin to sit up, walk, talk, use the potty, and make compromises socially. In referring to these established norms, parents and professionals can see if individual kids are within the expected range of physical and psychological development. ...Read more

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Can levothroid pills during pregnacy lead to child development issues?

Can levothroid pills during pregnacy lead to child development issues?

Not likely: Untreated thyroid disease may create some complications. Congenital hypothyroid (low) can lead to retardation but is usually screened for in the newborn nursery in the U.S. ...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 there any websites or cartoons that help with child development? I'm looking for some that help small children learn faster.

Is there any websites or cartoons that help with child development? I'm looking for some that help small children learn faster.

No: Babies interact and learn best when they interact with their parents and other people around them. Not multiple media. Involve your baby in your daily activities, keep him around people. Read and sing to him. Take him outside, let him explore with different textures, shapes and colors, encourage explorative behavior. Nothing substitutes the parents! ...Read more

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Child development and psychological child development my baby lives w his mom renting a room at 1 family home. The couple that own the house has 1 kid almost 3 yrs old. My baby is 2.3 yrs old. I see already that there is a huge conflict of interest. Two m

Child development and psychological child development my baby lives w his mom renting a room at 1 family home. The couple that own the house has 1 kid almost 3 yrs old. My baby is 2.3 yrs old. I see already that there is a huge conflict of interest. Two m

When parents are: Separated, each can control only what goes on in his/her own home. Other than increasing financial support to mom ; child for their own home and nurturing child-care, there is little you can do, unless you observe signs of reportable child abuse or neglect. Chronic parental conflict can cause post-divorce emotional child abuse at any age. Co-parenting classes can help prevent or remediate this. ...Read more

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What factors influence child growth and development?

What factors influence child growth and development?

Genetic, epigenetic,: Biological & environmental factors interact to determine developmental trajectory. Translational research, the study of how the latter 2 factors trigger physical & behavioral expression of both normal & altered genes, may reveal ways to modify pre- & post-natal environmental & physical factors for all babies' optimal development, as whole genome testing will soon be affordable for clinical use. ...Read more

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Is there any medical condition where a child/teenager has a more higher mental age of maturity/personal development than his actual age would suggest?

Gifted?: Having an iq > 2 standard deviations above the mean (>130) is actually not typical development. Iq is a function of genetics + environment. Some gifted kids have social skills difficulties. Taking on adult roles is usually from environmental issues. Read the drama of the gifted child. ...Read more

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How can health affect a childs development?

How can health affect a childs development?

It can be huge...: A child's general health can definitely affect a child's development, both neurologically and physically. Chronic malnutrition or specific nutritional deficiencies or serious health problems and their treatments (cancer, cystic fibrosis, etc.) can have profound affects on a child. ...Read more

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How can I help stimulate my child's development?

How can I help stimulate my child's development?

Read, play, talk: And listen. We're all recommending activities that involve your engaging with your child in an interactive way, sharing joint attention. Pairing reading & cuddling is great. Limit the sum of all electronic play/viewing to a max of 2hrs./day if >2Y.O. Talk about whatever you're doing & let him "help".Tell him your rules & consequences for behavior; follow thru with time-out after 1 warning. Enjoy! ...Read more

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What will affect the motor development of the child?

What will affect the motor development of the child?

Many things: Motor development is a complex series of gains in coordination and strength. In infants, lack of tummy-time can lead to late crawling due to weaker upper bodies. Other things affecting strength, such as weakness related to illness or genetic problems, can delay skills. Practice makes perfect (or close enough), so the best way to help motor development is to encourage new efforts! ...Read more

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 will having albinism affect my child’s development?

 will having albinism affect my child’s development?

What Type?: The best way to get your questions answered is to ask your child's pediatrician for a referral to a geneticist and a pediatric ophthalmologist at lucile packard children's hospital, where your child will receive excellent care. ...Read more

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How does nature affect a child's growth and development?

How does nature affect a child's growth and development?

Nature vs nurture: A child's growth and development begins at birth. Nature dictates stages and changes in development in physical, social, behavioral, and emotional areas. Gross motor skills precede fine motor skills (e.g.crawling before walking), isolated play precedes co active and cooperative play, babbling precedes word formation, and self-focus precedes recognition of others opinions all leading to adulthood. ...Read more

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What is the normal language development trajectory for a child?

What is the normal language development trajectory for a child?

Upwards!: There will sometimes be little false starts, or sometimes a small step backwards as children learn new developmental skills, including language. But the overall trajectory should be up and up. Any significant, sustained regression in any developmental area (that is, a big step backwards) should raise concern and prompt a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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How does child labor impact their physical and mental development?

How does child labor impact their physical and mental development?

It's bad: It deprives children with their childhood, their innocence, it can be physically harmful and dangerous. ...Read more

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How does having a disability and sensory impairments affect a child's development?

How does having a disability and sensory impairments affect a child's development?

It Depends: This is a difficult question. It depends upon what the difficulties are. Some may be serious and permanant impairments for the future. Some may be remediated with help and some may resolve with maturity. They are not all hopeless. For example a child with poor coordination may not be the best athlete but otherwise be perfectly normal in every other respect. If you wish, you can message me with detail. ...Read more

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Evaluating a 30 month old child language development. What else should I consider in my report?

ASD: Autistic spectrum disorder with add at the high functioning child at the low end and autism at the top. All are treatable. Call the autism research institute in san diego for a referral to a defeat autism now doc. ...Read more

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Are computer games harmful to a child's development, or do they help train him for a future in computers?

Are computer games harmful to a child's development, or do they help train him for a future in computers?

Some are: Many computer games involve killing and maiming and seem to me to teach that violence is O.K. Others, like e.g. Snow boarding, teach dexterity and computer savvy. Like everything in life, it should be balanced by thoughtful restriction. I believe that the constant use of electronic gadgets is harming kids because it is surprisingly addictive. ...Read more

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What can I do to enhance my child's development?

What can I do to enhance my child's development?

Read, talk sing: As much interaction as possible!
read, sing, talk, and play music. ...Read more

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How can I stimulate my child's senses to enhance mental development?

How can I stimulate my child's senses to enhance mental development?

Multiple things: Reading is the best thing to do. Limiting the amount of screen time, tv, computers, and video games, to less than 2 hours a day. Depending on the age of your child, stimulating games, such as puzzles, checkers, crossword puzzles, etc. May help. ...Read more

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Are there some video games that are helpful to a child's development?

Are there some video games that are helpful to a child's development?

See below: Truthfully, no. Video games may aid in development of hand eye coordination, but not much else. The videos, such as baby einstein, do not work. ...Read more

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Does asthma affect a child's development?

Does asthma affect a child's development?

No: If asthma is poorly controlled in children, they may be excluded from some physical activities or be picked-on by other children. This could affect social development however, physical development would be expected to be normal, even among children who use inhaled steroids. ...Read more

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How can healthy eating affect a child's development?

How can healthy eating affect a child's development?

Healthy in = growth: A proper diet of grains, greens and proteins provide the necessary building blocks for cell development - can minimize illness - neurological, obesity, diabetes, etc
healthy in- means maximum growth and development and reduces certain risk factors for add, adhd and other childhood related issues...It does not garantee a perfect child- but it will provide a healthier one. ...Read more

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How does obesity affect a child's physical development?

How does obesity affect a child's physical development?

In many ways: Obesity is due to lousy diet and that interferes with cellular efficiency so she can never each her physical and mental fullness of function. ...Read more

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How do daycare and homecare affect a child's development?

How do daycare and homecare affect a child's development?

Daycare: Both daycare and homecare can be great experiences for a child. Most important is that a child have a safe, comforting and stimulating environment where his or her needs are communicated and receive responses. Look for more adults to the number of children served so that each child can receive more individual time and attention. Look for age appropriate toys and books. ...Read more

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Interested to know how does asthma affect child's development?

Interested to know how does asthma affect child's development?

Should not: The goal of asthma therapy is for the patient to be able to do whatever they want. So well treated and well controlled asthma should have no effect on a child's development. ...Read more

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How can grief of a death influences a child's social development?

How can grief of a death influences a child's social development?

Yes: Depending on circumstances (who died, what age, etc) counseling of child can be very helpful. ...Read more

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How does grief from a death in the family affect a child's social development?

How does grief from a death in the family affect a child's social development?

Lots of variables: Your excellent question is hard to answer, because it depends on who died, age of child, effect on rest of family, and many other variables. Research shows that children who lose their mother before age 11 are at increased risk of depression as adults, but there are many possible explanations. Broadly, helping children grieve in age-appropriate ways is best way to minimize lasting impairment. ...Read more

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If a child always lies on their left side, can it make the rib development protrude?

If a child always lies on their left side, can it make the rib development protrude?

Rib deformity: It is very unlikely if not impossible for a person to develop a rib deformity simply due to position during sleep. ...Read more

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When a child always lies on his left side to sleep, can it make his rib development assymetric?

When a child always lies on his left side to sleep, can it make his rib development assymetric?

Possibly: This is potentially more likely in an infant that cannot roll over at all. In older children sleeping on one side should not make ribs develop asymmetrically as the child is up and moving all day. We are all asymmetric. ..I have had success with chiropractic adjustments, massage, and craniosacral therapy resolving such asymmetry as these release fascia and muscles that can misalign the bones. ...Read more

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If I have one child with autism what is the likelihood of my other two children having a mental development disorder?

If I have one child with autism what is the likelihood of my other two children having a mental development disorder?

No clear data.: Autism does not have a clear genetic basis.
It is a spectrum type disorder with a range of severities.
Hence there is no clear incidence rate in sblings or future offsprings.
If there is a known chromosomal diagnosis and ASD is an add on co morbidity, then a geneticist, could come up with the odds. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics affect the growth and development of a child?

Can antibiotics affect the growth and development of a child?

Sometimes: Unfortunately antibiotic abuse is all too common. You need to be sure that the use of an antibiotic is absolutely necessary. They can lead to bowel yeast infection that can influence the overall health of the child. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about my child suffering from global development delay?

Can you tell me about my child suffering from global development delay?

GDD = significant: Delay in 2 or more developmental domains: gross/fine motor, speech/language, cognition, social/adaptive & self-help skills in a child < 5 years. Standard evaluation includes Chromosomal Microarray, DNA Probe for Fragile X, lead levels, hemoglobin & iron stores. Prenatal, perinatal & postnatal history, physical & neurological exams may indicate need for an MRI of the brain & other specific tests. ...Read more

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How does an unhealthy diet in an undernourished child hinder language development?

How does an unhealthy diet in an undernourished child hinder language development?

Important: Calories + oxygen + vitamins/minerals = energy. Energy is required for growth and development, particu:larly in brain because it has a high oxygen requirement. Please see my blog "oxygen the spark of life" that you can google. ...Read more

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How does being in child care affect a child's development as opposed to having a stay-at-home mom?

How does being in child care affect a child's development as opposed to having a stay-at-home mom?

Day care: Day care has a great effect on the social, learninig & developmental abilities of young children. It also has the negative aspect of being exposed to other sick mates & put them at higher risk for catching infections, but if the child is fully immunized, the risk is less. Some children also suffer from separation anxiety. You have to weigh your options. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How does having a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy affect a child's development, will they be small for his age?

How does having a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy affect a child's development, will they be small for his age?

No: Your child will not necessarily be small, but he needs to be very careful s he exercises. Too much exercise can overload the heart. Be sure that your pediatrician refers you to a pediatric cardiologist to help with your child's care. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how much time does it take for a child with edenoid hypertrophy to recover after surgery in his social development?

Can you tell me how much time does it take for a child with edenoid hypertrophy to recover after surgery in his social development?

If you mean social: Communication, large adenoids may affect vocal quality, resonance & even articulation, but not reciprocal social interaction, intent to communicate or joint attention. If those seem delayed, use the developmental screens & M-CHAT on firstsigns. Org & take the results to his pediatrician. Regression of typical skills may take a few weeks. Ask pediatrician how best to handle his symptoms. ...Read more

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Can having chlamidyia for a while when I was pregnant cause motor development problems for my child like having mental problem? Worried didn't know

Can having chlamidyia for a while when I was pregnant cause motor development problems for my child like having mental problem? Worried didn't know

Not an issue: Baby is protected by the fetal membranes from any invasion by chlamydia that may be in other areas of your genital tract. In fact the pregnancy likely prevented the germ from getting up to your tubes, where it could do some damage to your fertility.The fetus is only at risk from the germs that can enter your blood and slip in through the placenta.Chlamydia does not. ...Read more

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How does asthma affect child's development in areas outside the lungs?

How does asthma affect child's development in areas outside the lungs?

Possibilities: There's an increased chance of feeding problems and ge reflux, especially in very young children. Understandably, some children have anxiety about the attacks. Some have attacks when anxious. Family functioning can be impacted. Therapy for child and family may be needed. If attacks/absences are :frequent, "section 504" accomodations at school can help the child keep up with work. ...Read more