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How do I manage my child's Rett syndrome on a daily basis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Rett syndrome affects motor skills, so the child has a limited ability or even a complete inability to eat, walk, bathe, dress, or use the bathroom by themselves. A person with Rett syndrome requires nearly constant care. Many times, this care is provided by parents in the home with occasional outside help from extended family members or health care providers. It may be necessary for your child to participate in physical and speech therapy to help them adapt to the limits placed on them by the disorder. The continual nature of this type of care can be trying for a family. Connecting with other families in the same situation, getting help from outside sources, and utilizing alternative caregivers to get a break from the situation may be helpful ways to cope.

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