Have you heard of Marfan syndrome in babies, and has your doctor diagnosed your little one with the condition. Well, if you haven’t or are simply looking for some more information about the disorder, you are reading the right post. Here, we talk about Marfan syndrome in babies and how it affects.
What Is Marfan Syndrome?
The syndrome is named after a French Doctor Antoine Marfan who discovered it. It affects the connective tissues of the body. It is like a glue that binds the supporting the organs like blood vessels, bones, joints, and even the muscles together. In some people, the glue is weaker and not normal. It is the main cause of changes in the body especially the eyes, heart and bones. People with this syndrome often have long legs, arms, they tend to be very tall and also have long toes. They also develop curves in their spines. They may also be near-sighted.
The good news is though the syndrome does not have any cure, doctors can treat the symptoms. Thanks to technology, Marfan syndrome can now be diagnosed in babies, and they receive early treatment and thus can live long and happy life.
Causes Of Marfan Syndrome:
Marfan syndrome affects 1 in every 5000 babies. Most say it is genetic, which means it is caused by a problem in the baby’s genes and happens before birth. Genes can sometimes pass out some unlikely illnesses and diseases apart from the colour of eyes and the looks. Every kid that is born to a parent with Marfan syndrome has 50% chances of getting affected too. However, there is no determinable cause of the condition.
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Symptoms Of Marfan Syndrome In Babies:
Marfan syndrome affects different people differently. Some may exhibit severe symptoms while other might exhibit mild symptoms. Doctors diagnose the pattern of symptoms to zero down whether the babies have the syndrome.
Marfan syndrome in infants can cause serious heart problems when compared to kids who are diagnosed at an older age.
The other problems include:
- Mitral Valve Prolapse.
- Blood leaking backward through the heart valve.
- Breathing problems.
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Diagnosing Marfan Syndrome:
The diagnosis is a bit tricky as the Marfan syndrome symptoms in babies differ from person to person. In most cases, the diagnosis is based on physical examination and the baby’s family history. There are other criteria that might be looked into too:
- The Geneticist will listen to the heart.
- Check the skin of the baby for any marks.
- Look for any physical symptoms like long arms or thin arms.
It is sometimes difficult to differentiate this syndrome from the other syndromes that also affect the body’s connective tissue. In babies, it is highly difficult to recognize the symptoms as most of the symptoms occur only in teenage. The baby might be closely monitored to detect developing symptoms if any.
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More About Marfan Syndrome:
- Marfan syndrome is a serious condition and can affect many parts of the baby’s body.
- Though the condition is present at birth, it is difficult to diagnose the same as the traits are mild and might be noticeable only when the child grows.
- It affects one in 5000 people and affects males and females of all races and ethnicity.
- About 75% of the patients have inherited the syndrome from their parents.
- The condition does not affect the child’s intelligence.
- Though there is no cure there are treatments that can prevent and delay symptoms.
- With early treatment children can have a healthy and normal life until adulthood.
As parents you need to be supportive and very normal about the baby’s condition even when he is growing up. With proper medication and early diagnosis, it is possible to minimize the effect and help the child lead a healthy life. Was your baby diagnosed with Marfan syndrome? What treatments did you follow? Tell us about it below. Leave a comment.
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