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A 21-year-old member asked:

how can we tell our child about his muscular distrophy in a truthful but not frighteneing way?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Gently and gradually: Children have the right to know when they have a problem, especially one as serious as muscular dystrophy. However, there are various types of MS that have quite different courses. Starting with validating the symptoms as "real" not imaginary can be a great first step. Making it clear they can ask questions and get real answers is the major goal.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Gently: Tell him he is special. His muscles are different and react different than others. And just like other people we are all different in our own way.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What's the probability of a couple having a child with muscular dystrophy, if mom is the carrier?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
For Duchenne...: Unfortunately, 50% of boys will have dmd, 50% of girls will be carriers.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How do I explain muscular dystrophy to a child ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Varies some: The explanation you use must reflect the developmental stage of the kid. In the tooth fairy era, under age 8, simple & short is best. Illness with weak muscles should suffice, repeated often. The concrete kid 8-teens can handle a little more, but doesn't need much. The idea of a chronic illness with no good treatments.Mid-late teens can handle a deeper discussion about chronic illness.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Could people with muscular dystrophy have children?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Yes: There are many forms of muscular dystrophy, most of which have no effect on fertility.

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