Microcephaly - Management

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Is there any treatment for microcephaly?

There is no treatment for microcephaly that can return a child's head to a normal size or shape. Treatment focuses on ways to decrease the impact of the associated deformities and neurological disabilities. Children with microcephaly and developmental delays are usually evaluated by a pediatric neurologist and followed by a medical management team. Early childhood intervention programs that involve physical, speech, and occupational therapists help to maximize abilities and minimize dysfunction. Medications are often used to control seizures, hyperactivity, and neuromuscular symptoms. Genetic counseling may help families understand the risk for microcephaly in subsequent pregnancies.

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Comment from: mother, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 30

My son does not take medication for his microcephaly. As was described to me by his doctor, most medication would help slightly, there is no medication that can help with his condition, there is no cure and the medication used is mostly for the ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) side of this condition. With the side effects that my son suffered from with trying different medication was not worth us to keep trying. In most cases medication has been beneficial for others.

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