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Which parent determines the gender of the baby?

Which parent determines the gender of the baby?

Father: Women have 2 x chromosomes, men have an x and a y. The child will get one x from the mother, and either an x or a y from the father. If it is an x, you have a baby daughter. If a y, a son. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to interview a parent of an infant 0-12 months old; can someone help me out?

What to do if I have to interview a parent of an infant 0-12 months old; can someone help me out?

I don't understand : Your question doesn't make sense. Why do you have to interview the parent? ...Read more

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What are some signs or symptoms that a parent may observe if their infant has autism?

What are some signs or symptoms that a parent may observe if their infant has autism?

In infancy: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns.Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...Read more

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Is it ok for one parent to speak to an infant with more than one language?

Is it ok for one parent to speak to an infant with more than one language?

Absolutely: Infants/children who grow up in 2 language homes will usually become fluent in both languages. ...Read more

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Will it confuse an infant if one parent speak to him/her in two or three languages (on separate occasions)?

Great question: When we live in taiwan we spoke english to my brother who was a baby and the amas spoke chinese to him. He ended up speaking a mix of english and chinese. You would only understand it if you spoke both languages. We later moved to scotland and he quickly forgot the chinese and spoke only english. I hope one of the developmental pediatricians responds to this question. Fascinating. ...Read more

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How can a parent prevent infant skull "deformity"?

How can a parent prevent infant skull "deformity"?

Change head position: The best prevention, and treatment for infants under 3 months of age, is not allowing the baby to sleep with the same head position. One the baby is fully asleep, change the head position to the opposite side of the previous sleep period. If there already is head "deformity", have the infant sleep on the normal or less deformed side consistently until the head becomes normal appearing. ...Read more

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Will all babies with a parent that is a dwarf have achondroplasia?

Will all babies with a parent that is a dwarf have achondroplasia?

Not necessarily.: Achondroplasia may be inherited as an autosomal dominant trait, meaning that getting the gene from 1 parent causes the child to have the disorder. If 1 parent has achondroplasia, the infant has a 50% chance of inheriting the disorder. If both parents have the condition, chances increase to 75%. However, most cases appear as spontaneous mutation, meaning 2 parents w/o it may have a child with it. ...Read more

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If an infant has fifth disease but the parents don't, does that mean it's not hereditary?

If an infant has fifth disease but the parents don't, does that mean it's not hereditary?

Confusing question: Fifth disease is a pattern illness caused by a common viral illness.It is transient, self cures, and has nothing to do with heredity. When a kid has it and his/her parents do not get it, it means the parents had it as kids and are immune. Fifth disease occasionally affects adults if they never had it a kids. It can be quite entertaining. ...Read more

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Is there a support system out there for parents of babies with dysphagia aka swallowing disorder?

Is there a support system out there for parents of babies with dysphagia aka swallowing disorder?

Childrens Hospitals: Most children with swallowing disorders are seen by a team of providers including occupational therapy, gastroenterology and sometimes ear, nose and throat. If you are associated with a children's hospital they can connect you a local support group. You are not alone in your community. ...Read more

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Exposed to MRSA while babysitting infant & 91 year old -parents, grandma, & baby have skin MRSA - 91 yr old also has MRSA in bladder. Am i at risk?

Exposed to MRSA while babysitting infant & 91 year old -parents, grandma, & baby have skin MRSA - 91 yr old also has MRSA in bladder. Am i at risk?

Contagious: Mrsa is contagious but your level of exposure is important. If you had direct physical contact with an infected person that in turn had touched their lesions then you might have picked it up. For it to cause infection it would probably have to penetrate your body thru broken skin. Don't panic, but take a good shower and be on the lookout for any "pimple like" lesions. Seek med help is u see some. ...Read more

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