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World's Largest Baby Invited to Be Used in Research

Would You Offer Up Your Baby to Research?

Weird science? The world's heaviest baby has been invited by the Japanese Medical Association to have his development studied as he grows. The study would be sponsored by a Japanese television network and new concerns are brewing that the Indonesian newborn will be exploited, even if it's for science. Luckily it's not a decision that most parents have to face, but would you allow your baby to be poked and prodded by doctors?

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EvieJ EvieJ 7 years
My daughter was put into the hospital when she was 48 hours old, and while she was there a student doctor came by. He was doing his pediatrics, and needed a newborn baby to do a practice exam on. Of course I let him. It could help another baby in future. As others have set - poking/prodding, probably not, though.
karen-f karen-f 7 years
A developmental study consists of observations, definitely not experimental testing. absolutely no pokes :P
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
We thought about it before my son was diagnosed.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
oh it wont hurt them emotionally or physically in the long run to get some blood drawn or get an exam or two. We need research like this , otherwise we are doing it on animals and we all know that doesnt make sense! I say if your baby is needed, go for it, its a good thing.
schnappycat schnappycat 7 years
I should add that my son was determined at birth to be at higher risk for Type 1, so I didn't enroll him for no reason.
Read2me Read2me 7 years
My daughter has also been involved in a research study since birth but it is about how infants learn language so it is definitely not invasive. I don't think I could participate in a study that involved her being poked and prodded.
schnappycat schnappycat 7 years
I already do. My son has been enrolled in a medical research study since birth (to age 15). It's a large, international study about Type 1 Diabetes with thousands of participants. We go to an appointment quarterly where they draw blood among other things, I send in monthly stool samples, I keep twice-yearly diet records, I record many other things, including illnesses, medications, etc., fill out occasional questionnaires, and other things. It's a bit of pain, especially given how thorough they expect me to be, but I know I am doing my part to help further the study of a potentially curable disease. Plus, if my son were to develop it, I will know immediately and be able to get help for him more quickly.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
You make it sound like a sacrifical offering, Lil. It does depend on the situation. Would I allow my baby to be the subject of new medicines? no. would I allow my baby to be studied? yes
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
It really depends on the situation. Something like this, no way. But those studies they do on things like sounds and taste and reactions aren't horrible usually, and the parent is right there and there are no doctors poking and prodding. It's just a set of stimulation and recording the reaction. I still don't know that I'd even agree to those, but it really depends on the situation.
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