Rett syndrome is usually diagnosed based on your child's symptoms, and by ruling out other more common disorders.
A diagnosis of Rett syndrome may not be madefor a number of years because the syndrome is so rare and symptoms don't tend to appear until a child is between six and 18 months old.
A genetic blood test can be used to identify the genetic mutation responsible forRett syndrome (although it isn't found in every child with the syndrome). If a change is found in theMECP2 gene, it can help confirm the diagnosis, but failing to find it doesn't necessarily rule out the syndrome.
Your child may benefit from some of the following treatments and aids:
Therapeutic horse riding, swimming , hydrotherapy and music therapy have also been reported to be beneficial. Ask your healthcare team where you can access these therapies.
Most carers will need social and psychological support.
Your guide to care and support provides lots of information and advice abouthow you can take time to look after yourself, including:
You may also find it useful to contact a support group, such as Rett UK , for information and advice about looking after a child with the syndrome.
Read about Rett syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects brain development and causes severe physical and mental disability from early childhood.
Some children with Rett syndrome are affected more severely than others.Also,the age at which symptoms first appear varies from child to child. A childwith Rett syndrome may not haveevery symptom lis
Almost all cases of Rett syndrome are caused by a mutation (a change in the DNA ) in the MECP2 gene, which is found on the X chromosome (one of the sex chromosomes ). The MECP2 gene contains instruct
Rett syndrome is usually diagnosed based on your child's symptoms, and by ruling out other more common disorders. A diagnosis of Rett syndrome may not be madefor a number of years because the syndrom