“There are characteristics that can allow you to know if your child has Pfeiffer Syndrome.”
Pfeiffer Syndrome has a lot of specific characteristics that come along with it. These are prominent characteristics that are noticed at birth. There may also be other problems that come along with the characteristics. However, they can be fixed with surgeries and other therapy measures. A lot of children that have this syndrome can live normal, happy lives. The right corrections can be made through advancements in technology. Their intelligence levels might also be a normal level depending on the severity of the syndrome.
The characteristics that a child with Pfeiffer Syndrome can exhibit include, but are not limited to:
- Having a prematurely fused skull that is unable to grow normally.
- Bulging eyes that are generally wide set because of shallow eye sockets.
- Short, broad thumbs with big toes.
- Underdevelopment of the middle of the face.
- Webbing of the feet and hands is also a possibility.
There are other problems that could arise when it comes to your child when they have Pfeiffer Syndrome. These include, but are not limited to:
- Poor vision due to the wide set, bulging eyes.
- There is hearing loss in half of the children with this syndrome.
- Dental problems due to crowding of the teeth and a high palate.
Depending on how severe the syndrome is in the child, they may have some or even all of these problems. Some of them may require corrective surgeries to fix them. However, the surgeries might not always work in some cases. These are some of the corrections that might be needed in the children affected by this syndrome:
- Surgery of the jaw.
- Surgical correction of the middle of the face.
- Orthodontics work.
- Advancements in the frontal orbital region. This allows the skull to grow properly and also to increase the size of the eye sockets.
Since each case of Pfeiffer Syndrome is different, you will want to look into the advancements and extra surgeries that your child may have to go through, or perhaps those that will make life easier. However, if the severity of the syndrome is too much then you might not be able to put the child through surgeries. They might not benefit from the surgeries as well. This is something that you can discuss with your child’s health care provider. They will give you the best advice and suggestions when it comes to the child’s well-being and health.