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Angelman's Children: Angelman Syndrome

Updated on June 14, 2012
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Anan is an online blogger and private consultant since 2009 in the areas of relationships and interfaith spirituality.

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That beautiful smile that every parent want's to see. That sign of happiness, in 1of 100,000 children is something that can change a parents life forever. Angelman Syndrome is a rare neurological condition that affect the normal development of an individual.

The "Puppet Children" as they were called by Dr. Harry Angelman, have a very distinctive happy demeanor, which it also gives them the over all angelic aura.

A baby with this condition may exhibit feeding problems and a small cranium. Also by the age of two, these babies start to develop seizures and delayed development.

The beautiful smile is one of the characteristics of Angelman's

What is Angelman's Syndrome

Angelman's Syndrome is a genetic disorder characterized by developmental delays and varied neurological problems. This is considered a very rare condition, where the child appear to be normal at birth, but it's development slows down or even in some cases stops around 3 to 12 months.

Patients have a peculiar happy demeanor and flapping of the arms even some infants. There are only 1 in every 100,000 births that is said to manifest.

Symptoms and early signs

Every case is unique, but there are common symptoms that can be seen once the child starts missing important developmental milestones.

  • Feeding problems- has difficulty keeping formula down and tends to have problems with the digestive track. This includes low weight.
  • Small circumference of the head- it seams that the physical development stops.
  • Jerky body movements
  • Speech impairment ( some due to wide mouth and tongue)
  • Hyperactivity
  • Balance disorders
  • Neurological Problems
  • Strabismus ( jerky movements of the eyes)
  • The deletion or inactivity of the 15 chromosome
  • Drooling and prominent mandible

Causes

As a rule the cause of Angelman's is linked to the absence of a portion of the 15 chromosome, from the maternal genetic package. Or/ and when it receives two copies of the same chromosome. Meaning is a genetic anomaly that is primarily linked to the absence or mutation of a chromosome.

One of the characteristics of this condition is an abnormal electroencephalogram EEG. This can be an indicator of said neurological problems.

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Living with Angelman's



Angelman's is not a degenerative condition. Many individuals with this condition can improve their living skills with early intervention and therapy. Is important to note that many children will have a hard time walking and other will not walk at all. With the help of medications, the seizures can be controlled and subsequently in many cases they will subside.


How is Angelman's is treated

Sadly there is no cure. Once the diagnose is established, is important to start a therapy regimen in order to maximize results.

  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • speech therapy
  • drug therapy ( for seizures)


An with many developmental and neurological conditions, treatment is key to help these children. There are organizations in the United States, that specialize in this disorder and have links to various support systems all around the country. early intervention is the best way to ensure the quality of life that they deserve.

For more information

Angelman Syndrome Foundation
4255 Westbrook Drive
Suite 219
Aurora, IL 60504
info@angelman.org
http://www.angelman.org
Tel: 630-978-4245 800-432-6435
Fax: 630-978-7408

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association
8588 Potter Park Drive
Suite 500
Sarasota, FL 34238
national@pwsausa.org
http://www.pwsausa.org
Tel: 941-312-0400 800-926-4797
Fax: 941-312-0142


The Arc of the United States
1825 K Street, NW
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20006
Info@thearc.org
http://www.thearc.org
Tel: 202-534-3700 800-433-5255
Fax: 202-534-3731




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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      They look beautiful with their smiles, but it is sad to hear of another condition that affects babies.

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      Anan Celeste 4 years ago from California

      Hi thumbi!

      Thank you for stopping by. Blessings.

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      This was new to me. Looking at their happy faces, one cannot resist being happy but at the same time feeling sad about their medical condition

      Thanks for sharing this information

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      Anan Celeste 4 years ago from California

      Hi Made!

      It was new to me too. The more I read about it, the more I wanted to know.Blessings

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      This was a very interesting hub and I learned about a syndrome I've never heard of. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Never heard of this disease but what beautiful smiles on those children!

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      Johanna Mary Elisabeth Baker 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Interesting hub. Thank you for sharing.

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      Thanks teaches!

      Indeed they are so beautiful. Is so good to know that after a diagnose is made there are ways to help improve their quality of life.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      What sweet children! I love that the have such lovely smiles. It is good to know that this syndrome can be helped. Thanks for sharing.

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