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PostSubject: microcephaly.   Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:58 am

This is what Alyssa has been diagnosed with.

I had to google it as have never heard of it before but before you read can I justr say that at no point during my pregnancy did i abuse drugs or alcohol.

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What is Microcephaly?

Microcephaly is a medical condition in which the circumference of the head is smaller than normal because the brain has not developed properly or has stopped growing. Microcephaly can be present at birth or it may develop in the first few years of life. It is most often caused by genetic abnormalities that interfere with the growth of the cerebral cortex during the early months of foetal development. It is associated with Down’s syndrome, chromosomal syndromes, and neurometabolic syndromes. Babies may also be born with microcephaly if, during pregnancy, their mother abused drugs or alcohol, became infected with a cytomegalovirus, rubella (German measles), or varicella (chicken pox) virus, was exposed to certain toxic chemicals, or had untreated phenylketonuria (PKU). Babies born with microcephaly will have a smaller than normal head that will fail to grow as they progress through infancy. 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.

Is there any treatment?


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 paediatric 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 counselling may help families understand the risk for microcephaly in subsequent pregnancies What is the prognosis?


Some children will only have mild disability. Others, especially if they are otherwise growing and developing normally, will have normal intelligence and continue to develop and meet regular age-appropriate milestones.

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I have underlined the parts that sound like Alyssa.
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PostSubject: Re: microcephaly.   Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:49 am

I'm sorry but i havent heard of this before, but i really hope your little girl gets all the help she needs to help her xxx

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PostSubject: Re: microcephaly.   Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:57 am

me too not heard of it hun but i really hope things go ok and u get ther right help and support you need xx
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