(Closed) Thought about asking a doctor this,,,,but thought I’d ask you first.

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
661 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Were they female or male?  It really just depends.  There are lots of conditions out there that can cause people to end up like this.  I currently do research in RETT syndrome.  It’s a form of autism that affects girls.  They sometimes can end up like this depending on the severity of the condition.  I don’t think that anyone can really give you a definitive answer here since there are SO many things it could be. 

Post # 4
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

there are a lot of conditions that can cause things like that. autism is probably one of the more common ones. unfortunately, a lot of it is just genetic.

Post # 6
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

yeah, i agree – nobody here is going to be able to give you a definitive answer about what was wrong with those particular children. there are a lot of conditions that can cause low-functioning. could be autism, could be some kind of brain damage, could be epilepsy (if severe enough), could be MR… who knows? while many disorders may be genetic, as a pregnant woman, besides avoiding the obvious dangers – alcohol, drugs, etc – some things may genuinely be out of your hands… 

Post # 7
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Any number of things. Genetics, lack of O2, cord wrapping around the neck, car accidents, falling from a structure, falling in general, strokes…..

Depending on the severity, there are “special schools” for kids of this nature. They’re more of a daycare/life skill working center than an actual academic program. 

I’ve known a few special needs kids at varying levels and while exhausting to care for, their parents wouldn’t have traded them for the world. I guess it really comes down to, when it happens you do what you have to. Most special needs parents I know learn more from their kids than vice versa… they really teach you what it means to love… 

Post # 8
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@MacFaniam24: I work in child developmental psychology (not necessarily dealing with mental disorders, though) However, I did a lot of coursework in that type of thing.

What you are describing could be many many different conditions. Each child in the group could have even had a different condition, but the outward physical signs are the same. 

As far as preventing these things, it is a complicated matter. A majority of mental and physical handicaps are genetic, where both the mother and the father have to be carriers. (sometimes you can both get tested for specific diseases before you conceive if you are very concerned) What you are describing sounds like it may be genetic.However, a woman who is planning on becoming pregnant should take lots of precautions. Of course you must know the horrible dangers of smoking and drinking while pregnant. Babies born to moms who drank through their pregnancy can have a plethora of mental and physical handicaps. As soon as you find out you are pregnant, you should see a doctor and ask his recommendations for diet and exercise, as well as what medicines you can take. Prescriptions and OTCs can be very harmful. I’m not sure if you are aware of the case with a certain drug (in the 70s I believe) that was given to pregnant women for morning sickness. Most of their babies were born with severe deformities, such as no arms. 

I’m not trying to scare you – the FDA today does a much better job of testing drugs given to pregnant women! But you  must also be in contact with a doctor, take your vitamins and take precautions for your baby’s health.

Post # 9
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Like other bees have said, it could be anything from severe autism to CP to brain damage to any combination of them.  Sometimes a child is just born that way and sometimes it’s due to drug use by the mother, lack of oxygen, or malpractice.  My mom worked at a preschool for handicap children for years and at least one of the above circumstances applied to a lot of her kids. 

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