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What are some signs that my child may have muscular dystrophy?

Certain types of muscular dystrophy may affect children very early in their lives, often before they're two years old. When this happens, children may miss certain developmental milestones such as rolling over, sitting up, and walking. Toddlers may have trouble standing up after sitting or lying down, and they may fall often or have a "waddling" gait while walking. Young children also may appear clumsy or uncoordinated, and depending on the type, may have learning or other cognitive disabilities. If you notice these or any other symptoms of muscular dystrophy in your child, it's important to see a doctor.

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