Microcephaly - Symptoms and Signs

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Does your child or a child you know have microcephaly? What were the main signs and symptoms associated with the condition?

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What are the signs and symptoms of microcephaly?

Depending on the severity of the accompanying syndrome, children with microcephaly may have:

  • mental retardation,
  • delayed motor functions and speech,
  • facial distortions,
  • dwarfism or short stature,
  • hyperactivity,
  • seizures,
  • difficulties with coordination and balance, and
  • other brain or neurological abnormalities.

Some children with microcephaly will have normal intelligence and a head that will grow bigger, but they will track below the normal growth curves for head circumference.

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Comment from: Khaled, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 20

My daughter is microcephalic. She is 5 years old, has difficulty in speech and we try a lot of speech training, drugs like speak Smooth and hyperbaric oxygen therapy with no results till now.

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Comment from: L Weber, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 22

My son has microcephaly. He is 5 turning 6 in April 2014. I have not yet met someone that looks like him, or seen a child with a small head like his. He does have a speech difficulty but is improving every day. He is on no medication yet, although his neurologist suggested Ritalin. He is extremely energetic, but we try and channel the energy. We control him by always telling him, you need to calm down son, and it works 90% of the time. Should my son go to a special school, I don't think so.

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