What are the symptoms of Rett syndrome?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Symptoms of Rett syndrome usually appear in girls from a few months after birth up to three or four years of age. Symptoms may include loss of the ability to use language, repetitive hand motion that has no clear purpose (e.g., hand wringing, clapping, patting), increased struggles with walking, and social-behavioral problems. Some toddlers may hold their breath or scream and cry without an apparent cause. In infants, the symptoms are more subtle. They may include a loss of interest in play and decreased eye contact.

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