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How does mental retardation affect the body?

Infants with mental retardation/ intellectual disabilities (MR/ ID) may have physical abnormalities such as an enlarged or unusually small head, unusual facial features, or problems with their hands or feet. They may not sit, roll over, stand or walk as quickly as their peers. Some mental retardation is accompanied by severe illness, seizures, and throwing up. Children may have difficulty with physical tasks including dressing and feeding themselves.

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Can mental retardation be treated with medication?
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No specific medications are used to treat all individuals with mental retardation.A team of health p...
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What increases my child's risk for mental retardation?
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Alcohol and drug use during pregnancy significantly increase your child's risk for mental retardatio...
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What treatment options are available for mental retardation?
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A team or professionals will work together to create an individualized plan to help meet your child'...
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Does mental retardation affect children differently than adults?
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Mental retardation is identified between birth and six years old. Affected children tend to lag behi...
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