What is Prader Willi Syndrome? This disease suppresses appetite since childhood and changes the child's nature

Ananya Shroff
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What is Prader-Willi syndrome?

Prader Willi Syndrome is a rare disease, which is related to the child's metabolism. In this, the child remains hungry. But with age, he loses control over eating. Especially if the child is between 2 to 6 years old, he can eat more than required. This condition causes obesity in him. Dr. Shetty explains that in this disease, the height of children remains short, so they are given growth hormone. This not only increases their height but also strengthens the muscles and reduces fat.

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Symptoms of Prader-Willi Syndrome

– The child feels lethargic and tired all the time
– Loss of appetite in childhood
– Difficulty in eating food
Feeling hungry even after eating a full meal
– Lack of development of genitals
– No increase in height

Risks of Prader-Willi Syndrome

Risks of Prader-Willi Syndrome

Although the risk of this disease may not be visible in childhood, as children grow up, the risk of many diseases may increase. These include heart disease, obesity, diabetes, lungs and sleep related problems. Parents of such children should keep an eye on their eating and drinking habits right from the beginning.

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What can be done?

What can be done?

– Keep an eye on the child's eating habits.

– Feed them low-calorie foods.

– Children should be given a diet rich in protein and Vitamin D.

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Consult before planning for a second child

Consult before planning for a second child

Since this is a genetic problem, if the first child has this problem, it would be better for the parents to take genetic counseling before planning for a second child. This will reduce the risk of the disease in the second child to a great extent.

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Disclaimer: This article is for general information only. It cannot in any way be a substitute for any medicine or treatment. Always contact your doctor for more information.

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