Baby & Beyond: Health, Safety, & Special Needs

Here you can reach out to other members for advice, encouragement, and support on issues regarding infant/children's health and safety (including car seats!), allergies, or special needs. Select your board(s) today!
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Autism is a complex neurological disorder affecting individuals in the areas of social interaction, repetitive stereotyped behavior and communication. It often shows up in the first three years of life, often becoming more apparent in a child from 18-36 months of age. Currently there is no known cause that has been found though there are a large number of potential causes from genetic to environmental. Autism and its related disorders affect individuals in every country and region of the world and knows no racial, ethnic nor economic boundaries. Autism is referred to as a spectrum disorder - meaning the symptoms can occur in any combination and with varying degrees of severity. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can also be referred interchangeably with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) as both are terms for the spectrum that encompass the following disorders: Autism Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Rett’s Syndrome, Child Disintegrative Disorder and PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified aka "Atypical Autism".)
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by smsturner
01/25/2013 - 09:01
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Are you a parent of a child that has been diagnosed with a birth defect(s)? Perhaps you have a special needs child? As parents, you are your child's best advocate. Please join us as we discuss the issues that concern you, help one another navigate whatever lies ahead, and simply provide support as needed.
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by RainbowHospital01
02/28/2014 - 05:37
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No one said that parenting was easy, but most are surprised at just how challenging childhood safety can be! From choosing (and properly installing/using!) the right carseat, learning about rating standards, childproofing your home, recalls galore, and laws that can vary from state to state -- it can become overwhelming! Come and meet our host, ask questions, and remove at least some of the guesswork as you seek to provide the safest 'world' for your little one to explore without installing them in a bubble!
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Ever wondered if there was an alternative to diapering your newborn? Full-time, part-time or occasional users find natural infant hygiene is a great way to bond with their baby while helping the environment. Join us on the Elimination Communication board to find out more about this easy method of keeping baby clean and healthy!
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