What is Prader-Willi Syndrome?
Prader-Willi Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects muscle development and movement. It can cause serious health problems, including intellectual disabilities, heart defects, and death.
Symptoms of Prader-Willi Syndrome usually begin appearing before birth. Babies with the disorder may have small heads and underdeveloped muscles. They may also have difficulty feeding and breathing and might be unusually weak or fragile.
There is no cure for Prader-Willi Syndrome, but treatments can help children with the disorder live healthy lives. Treatment options include physical therapy, speech therapy, and special diets.
If you think your child might have Prader-Willi Syndrome, talk to your doctor. He or she can test your child for the disorder and recommend treatment options.