(Ages 2 months to 4 years)
At this point, you and your family have discovered so much together, and now you're settling into your new routine and making plans for the future. It's important to continue to be aware of potential new symptoms associated with Galactosemia.
Talking to your doctor matters
Overall, children are 4 times more likely to have delays identified and be enrolled in early intervention programs when their parents discuss developmental concerns with their doctor.
Health complications can show up early and may have a significant impact on development.
After diagnosis, your doctor will likely continue to test for increased levels of Gal-1p, or for levels of galactitol, throughout the first year of your child's life.
Beginning around 7 months of age, it is generally time to have your child screened for possible speech or language issues.
A speech therapist may also administer a formal screening assessment that determines your child's capacity for speech.
Know Your Healthcare Team
These experts specialize in metabolic disorders. They help to coordinate the right care for your child with Galactosemia.
Your dietitian can offer lifelong advice on your child's diet. At this point, your dietitian can help you plan how to introduce your child to Galactosemia-friendly foods.
This may be the pediatrician from when your child was first born or a new one—either way, they are trained to diagnose, treat, and provide ongoing care for a variety of childhood illnesses, both mild and severe.
As your child grows, an ophthalmologist can check for cataract development caused by build-up of toxic galactitol.
As your child learns to communicate, a speech therapist may be needed to help assess, diagnose, and treat issues with speech/language, communication, and swallowing.
A neurologist may be needed to help you diagnose, treat, and manage cognitive (learning, processing, and understanding) or motor delays due to potential complications from Galactosemia.
Galactosemia may have an influence on certain milestones, particularly as it pertains to the adventure of new varieties and textures of baby and table foods, as well as self-feeding.
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Take it day by day.
You don't need to be an expert now. Kimberley M. | Patient
Get the right resources early. Tara T. | Caregiver