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Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare and complex genetic condition. Babies born with this condition will usually have poor muscle tone and a weak cry.
Children with Prader-Willi syndrome may take a long time to feed and gain weight slowly. Typically by the time a child with Prader-Willi syndrome reaches 2 or 3 years of age, he or she will have a dramatic increase in appetite and begin to overeat, leading to rapid weight gain and eventually obesity.
The symptoms of Prader-Willi syndrome include:
The doctor may detect Prader-Willi syndrome if your child is born with poor muscle tone and feeds poorly. If your child's doctor suspects Prader-Willi syndrome, he or she will perform a blood test to confirm the diagnosis. Further testing may be required to determine the exact cause of the condition.
There is no cure for Prader-Willi syndrome. However, your child’s doctor can help you access services and therapies that may help the symptoms caused by the condition.
Treatment options may include:
Visit the following websites to find more information about Prader-Willi syndrome.
Riley at IU Health offers a broad range of supportive services to make life better for families who choose us for their children's care.
This website from the U.S. National Library of Medicine provides easy-to-read information about Prader-Willi syndrome.
The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association offers educational information and support for individuals and families living with Prader-Willi syndrome.
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