There’s no particular study about the age the symptoms will occur. Even though if a baby has the syndrome no symptoms will be shown until they are 6 months old. When the baby reaches between 12 to 18 months, the symptoms will start to show. Listed below are some of the symptoms:
Reduced growth: The circumference of the head will be smaller and the brain won’t grow as needed for the age. As the child gets older, the difference will be clearly seen. This may sound similar to the symptom of Autism.
Mobility problems: Children with this syndrome will tend to rub their hands often and also will lose the movement of their hands and muscle coordination.
Communication skills: Children won’t be able to talk and can have extreme social anxiety most times. They may not show any kind of excitement towards toys, or the people they meet.
Breathing problems: Uncoordinated breathing, namely very fast breathing, forceful exhalation of air or saliva.
Change over in the character: They tend to become tense and irritable, often as they get older. Unusual crying, screaming or laughter for the longer period of time can be seen.
Not all of them have these symptoms mentioned here. It’s a lifelong condition and it doesn’t improve over time. Either the symptoms may worsen more or it won’t show any change. The hard fact is that the victims cannot lead an independent life which means they always need a supervision and extra care.
Like other disorders, Rett syndrome can also be treated to not make it worse, but as of today, there is no cure for this. Best available treatment options include:
- Standard medical care and medication
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Good nutrition
- Behavioral therapy
- Supportive services
If a victim co-operates and shows their will to get cured, the confidence in them may help them to be normal like other kids.
It is a must to raise awareness about this syndrome and to make the people aware. Some ways to raise awareness includes:
- Locate for the nearby Rett community group to join as a volunteer. Besides helping people, you can also get the real happiness of making a difference in someone’s life.
- Collect funds for the poor and needy victims by organizing fundraising events. Interesting events like quiz show or a pastry sale can be organized and plan for giveaway gifts like wristbands, rings, pen stand, and key rings.
- Press releases and digital campaigns can also be done to gather attention. Connect with people, bring them together with the social media.