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What treatments and programs can help my child with Tay-Sachs disease?

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Tay-Sachs is a rare inherited disorder. Children born with it usually don’t live past age 5.

There is no cure for Tay-Sachs, but treatments can help ease symptoms and manage problems:

  • Speech language pathologists can help your child suck and swallow and help decide when it’s time for a feeding tube.
  • Medications can control your child’s seizures.
  • Treatments to prevent lung infections.
  • Play and stimulation to help your child interact with the world through music, scents, and textures.
  • Massages to relax your baby.
  • Palliative and hospice care to manage your child’s pain and the ensure the best quality of life for them and for your whole family.

From: What is Tay-Sachs Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Tay-Sachs disease.”

National Human Genome Research Institute: “Learning About Tay-Sachs Disease.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine Genetics Home Reference: “Tay-Sachs Disease.”

National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association: “Classic Infantile Tay-Sachs,” “Symptom Management,” “Adult Onset Tay-Sachs.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: “Tay Sachs Disease.”

Genetics in Medicine: “Late-onset Tay-Sachs disease: Phenotypic characterization and genotypic correlations in 21 affected patients.”

Cleveland Clinic Children’s: “Tay-Sachs.”

American College of Physicians, “Pulmonary Disease.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Tay-Sachs disease.”

National Human Genome Research Institute: “Learning About Tay-Sachs Disease.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine Genetics Home Reference: “Tay-Sachs Disease.”

National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association: “Classic Infantile Tay-Sachs,” “Symptom Management,” “Adult Onset Tay-Sachs.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: “Tay Sachs Disease.”

Genetics in Medicine: “Late-onset Tay-Sachs disease: Phenotypic characterization and genotypic correlations in 21 affected patients.”

Cleveland Clinic Children’s: “Tay-Sachs.”

American College of Physicians, “Pulmonary Disease.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

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