How prevalent is fragile x syndrome in the population (in general)?

Unknown. Because autism is so common, we do not know whether this is cause or effect. I have treated fragile x in the same way as other kids who are autistic. There is some basic science info that suggests that the fragile chromosome is lacking in folate (folic acid) and we know that autistic kids cannot use folate (folic acid) and have to be given folinic acid to get around this. A lot more research is needed.

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How common is fragile x syndrome in us?

Depends on your dfn. Significant impairment (iq<70) in FAS is felt to represent 1/3600 of the population, mostly male. A lesser form of involvement with lesser alterations in this gene (add, behavior issues) may affect 1/130-250 female & 1/250-800 males. See: www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2888470/?Tool=pmcentrez. Read more...

How do you treat fragile x syndrome in a child?

Nutritional therapy. Fragile x is a cause of autism. It has been known for years that experimental work in the laboratory showed that it is caused by lack of folate (folic acid) in test tube analysis. We know that autism is associated with damaged folate (folic acid) metabolism. Find a phyhsician who is affilated with the group known as "deteat autism now! the headquarters is in san diego. Read more...
Support. The fragile x disorder defines a group of kids that will have significant problems development & learning over their lifetime. There is no specific med or treatment to reverse the process. Management is focused primarily on improving self help skills, social awareness and interaction & working with the school systems to assist learning to whatever level is possible. Read more...
Careful behavior mgt. Careful and supportive behavioral management. there is some data suggesting treatment with folic acid may help avoid the behavioral manifestations that may develop. Read more...