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Marfan Syndrome in Children
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Marfan syndrome is a disorder that weakens your child's connective tissue. Connective tissue gives strength and support to tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and other parts of the body. Marfan syndrome may keep many of these parts of his body from being as strong as they should be. This can cause problems in his bones, eyes, heart, and blood vessels.
- Beta-blockers: These help your child's heart beat softer and slower. This ma y prevent damage to his heart and aorta. The aorta is the large blood vessel that carries blood from the heart and lungs to the body.
- Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him or her if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
- Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age. Your child could develop Reye syndrome if he takes aspirin. Reye syndrome can cause life-threatening brain and liver damage. Check your child's medicine labels for aspirin, salicylates, or oil of wintergreen.
Follow up with your child's doctor as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.
For more information:
- National Marfan Foundation
22 Manhasset Avenue
Port Washington , NY 11050
Phone: 1- 516 - 883-8712
Phone: 1- 800 - 862-7326
Web Address: www.marfan.org
Contact your child's healthcare provider if:
- Your child has a fever.
- Your child has pain in his hips and has problems walking.
- Your child cannot make it to his next appointment.
- You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Your child has severe pain in his chest or abdomen.
- Your child has pain in his eyes and has trouble seeing all of a sudden.
- Your child has sudden shortness of breath.
- Your child cannot control his urine or bowel movements.
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