What Sort Of Genetic Information Should Parents Seek About Their Children?

What sort of genetic information should parents seek about their children and how might this influence raising that child?

Genetic Information

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In the modern day scenario, where adoption has become commonplace, many wonder if the genetics of their children have any effect on bringing them up at all. As much as it is considered that it is your values that are passed on and not your blood; it might be interesting to consider that genetics, in fact, can play a part in your child’s education and development. Recently, research has shown that one’s genetic composition can tell a lot about certain tendencies and patterns that one is likely to exhibit. Thus, as noble as adoption can be, it can be important to find out some essential genetic information about your child to be able to bring them up better.

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Here is all you need to understand the impact of genetics as a parent:

We are all aware that a major part of a child’s existence in terms of the composition of their appearance is determined by what genes they accumulate from their parents. What you need to understand is these traits are not limited to the way they look. The genes acquired from the parents directly impact on the important physiological factors like the immune system. Not only is a tall parent likely to have a tall child but a parent with a history of a certain hereditarily transmittable disease has a higher possibility of passing it on to the child.

The genes passed on from parent to child constitute a lot of entities, including the developmental and nutritional effects on a fetus right from the time it is in the mother’s womb. It has thus been found that the mother’s genes have a stronger impact on the child’s health than that from the father. The prime question lies in how these genes both dormant and active in the child’s body, have the final impact on the child’s behavioral patterns and education.

The influence starts from the parenting traits that the parent displays towards their which are perhaps genetically defined as well. The way they prioritize different activities that their children should incorporate in their lives is an example of that. If a certain family has had a strong academic history over a couple of generations, that is likely to leave a strand of reflection in the genetical composition.

This is to in no way say that DNA can define how good or bad an individual can be in studies. It reflects in ways like a slightly stronger attention span or focus for longer periods. Similarly, a family of wrestlers will eventually develop a streak for better stamina just by pure development and passing on. This might or might not be harnessed by the next generation. They sure won’t be born wrestlers, but they might run a little longer in the school race. This is why it is extremely important to understand the genetic history, especially in the case of an adopted child.

This is not limited to just physiological or mental attributes, but the genetic information from a cigarette addict have been researched to show capacities of passing a trait that makes it easier for the child to take to addiction than other people. Why a proper DNA sequencing is important is because certain dormant traits that skip generations can be seen in the newer generations. Traits from a few generations ago can show up in your child, and so you must have adequate knowledge of what is possible to be a well-equipped parent. The DNA analysis is not about securing lineages, but it is about understanding physiologies and psychologies to be able to craft a better lifestyle.

Thus, it is essential to understand genetic information in order to be able to understand your child truly. In the earlier days, DNA sequencing was very expensive and used primarily only for criminal forensics. However, in the present day scenario, DNA analysis has become a lot cheaper and can be easily afforded and used by everyday people. You can get closer to the facts about your child and even prevent them from harboring diseases that would otherwise take longer to detect. Keeping such genetic information handy can be a great way of securing a physically and emotionally healthy lifestyle for your child.




About the Author

Nikhil Chandwani
Nikhil Chandwani is an author of 13 books, CEO and Founder of Writers' Rescue Centre. Nikhil is also a TED speaker and a Visiting Professor with top B Schools in India. Nikhil can be contacted at drnikhilchandwani@gmail.com