Know the symptoms of AFM before your child gets it


>>ABOUT TWO AND A HALF WEEKS
AGO, HE CAME DOWN WITH A NORMAL
COLD.>>FOR LAUREN AND HER HUSBAND,
IT WAS A FRIGHTENING EXPERIENCE. THEIR FVE-YEAR-OLD SON ELI CAME
DOWN WITH A COLD GOT BETTER BUT
THEN PROGRESSIVELY GOT WORSE.>>HE WAS COMPLAINING OF HEAD
AND NECK PAIN THE NEXT DAY
AND HAD CONTRACTED A FEVER. HE WAS VERY LETHARGIC AND WEAK
AND IT WAS THE HEAD AND NECK
PAIN THAT REALLY CONCERNED US SO
WE CALLED THE PEDIATRICIAN.>>AFTER A COUPLE OF TRIPS TO
THE ER AND BEING DIAGNOSED WITH
MONO, THEY THOUGHT HE WOULD
SLOWLY RECOVER, BUT HE DIDN’T. THE YANIKES NOTICED ELI COULDN’T
EVEN RAISE HIS HEAD ANYMORE SO
THEY CALLED THEIR PEDIATRICIAN
AGAIN.>>THEY SAID YOU NEED TO TAKE
HIM TO SINAI.>>DR. SCOTT KRUGMAN VICE CHAIR
OF PEDIATRICS AT SINAI HAS BEEN
TREATING ELI SINCE LAST
THURSDAY. HE BELIEVES ELI IS SHOWING
SYMPTOMS OF ACUTE FLACCI
MYELITIS OR AFM, A RARE BUT
SERIOUS CONDITION THAT ACCORDING
TO THE CDC AFFECTS THE NERVOUS
SYSTEM, SPECIFICALLY THE AREA OF THE SPINAL CORD CALLED GRAY
MATTER, AND THE MUSCLES AND
REFLEXES IN THE BODY BECOME WE
SIMILAR TO POLIO
DOCTORS ALSO SAY PARENTS
SHOULDN’T PANIC JUST BE WARE OF THE SYPMTOMS SO THEY CAN MENTION
IT TO THEIR DOCTOR.>>THE SOONER WE CAN MAKE A
DIAGNOSIS, A POTENTIAL TREATMENT
MIGHT MAKE THE COURSE BETTER.>>SOME CHILDREN BOUNCE BACK
RIGHT AWAY. OTHERS CAN TAKE WEEKS OR MONTHS
OF REHABILITATION. IN THE END, THEY SAY IF THEY
KNEW ABOUT THIS DISEASE, THEY
WOULD HAVE ASKED ABOUT IT RIGHT
AWAY AND THEY WANT OTHER PARENTS
TO BE AWARE.>>IF I HAD KNOWN ABOUT IT RIGHT
AWAY, I WOULD HAVE. ONCE I WAS LOOKING AT THE
SYMPTOMS, HE FIT THEM.>>HIS PARENTS TELL ME HE IS IN
THE PROCESS OF BEING DISCHARGED
AND WILL NOW SPEND TIME IN AN
INPATIENT REHAB FACILITY. DOCTORS SAY PARENTS SHOULD BE
AWARE OF THE SYMPTOMS AND
MONITOR IT. TELL YOUR DOCTOR. YOU DON’T WANT FOLKS TO PANIC,
JUST KNOW THAT THIS IS A
POSSIBILITY IF YOUR CHILD IS
SHOWING THE SYMPTOMS.>>VERY EYE-OPENING REPORT.>>DID THEY GIVE YOU A TIMETABLE
FOR HOW LONG YOU WOULD BE ON THE
MEND.>>ANYWHERE FROM A COUPLE OF
DAYS TO A COUPLE OF MONTHS TO
GET THE FEELING BACK IN HIS ARM,
START WALKING, FEELING BETTER. THE GOOD NEWS IS THE RECOVERY IS
THERE. THIS IS NOT

3 thoughts on “Know the symptoms of AFM before your child gets it

  1. Could diseases enter the US with refugees? For ten years millions of refugees have made the US their home. No blood tests are done if they sneak in or haven't been vaccinated in their homeland.

  2. See: AFM Compared to Guillain-Barré Syndrome https://thevaccinereaction.org/2018/11/afm-compared-to-guillain-barre-syndrome/

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