Prader-Willi syndrome is a disorder that results in a wide variety of symptoms and problems. This disorder is present from birth, although it may not be diagnosed immediately. While a variety of treatments and lifestyle adaptations can be used to help people with this condition, all patients need lifelong care and supervision. This disorder is rare, but it can be very challenging with which to cope. If you are a parent and suspect your child may have Prader-Willi syndrome, you should discuss your concerns with your pediatrician. Here are some symptoms of Prader-Willi Syndrome that can alert you to its presence.
Both infants and children with Prader-Willi syndrome may exhibit poor muscle tone, indicating that their bodies are not processing nutrients in the way that they should. When holding an infant with Prader-Willi syndrome, they may feel like a rag doll, as if they cannot hold up their head or limbs even with support. Children may also be difficult to pick up since their muscles are not strong enough to assist their parent or guardian with lifting and carrying them. Even while sitting or lying down, it may be evident that their muscles appear feeble.
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