What you need to know
The list of possible medical problems in achondroplasia can be extensive. However, each individual usually has only some of these problems. Also, the severity of any one of these medical problems varies widely between individuals. Therefore, it is important to ask the parents about the medical issues in their child.
- School age children with achondroplasia may have annual doctor and specialist visits to monitor medical conditions.
- Routine management of middle ear infections and monitoring of hearing should be undertaken
- Obesity should be avoided to reduce risks associated with airway obstruction and musculoskeletal limitations
- Bracing may be needed for severe kyphosis and knee instability
- Be aware, or ask parents, if the child has a medical alert bracelet.
- No special diet is required for achondroplasia, although a well balanced diet is important.
What you can do
- A yearly check up and studies as needed should occur in the child’s Medical Home.
- Be aware of any changes in behavior or mood that seem out of line with the situation and notify the parents.
- It is important to be aware of any academic changes. Contact parents when any differences are noticed.