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If the mother has mild mental retardation, will her child be retarted also?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

If there is a known genetically determined cause, it is possible.

In brief: Depends

If there is a known genetically determined cause, it is possible.
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessary

It depends on the cause of the mother's retardation.

In brief: Not necessary

It depends on the cause of the mother's retardation.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

There is such a thing as familial intellectual disability, often associated with small head size.
There are many genetic syndromes that cause intellectual disability and are inheritable, so mom could see a geneticist to try to determine if she has one of these. Mom also can receive in-home help with child-rearing and activities of daily living through state agencies that receive federal funding.

In brief: Possibly

There is such a thing as familial intellectual disability, often associated with small head size.
There are many genetic syndromes that cause intellectual disability and are inheritable, so mom could see a geneticist to try to determine if she has one of these. Mom also can receive in-home help with child-rearing and activities of daily living through state agencies that receive federal funding.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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