As a parent, navigating the complexities of your child's health can be daunting. Among the concerns you might have, pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) and pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS) are often misunderstood and overlooked.
Though this condition only affects 1 in 200 children, we want to help you learn about PANS and PANDAS so you can recognize its signs and step into action should your child have symptoms. We’re a team of naturopathic doctors who can give you the guidance you need at Fairfield Family Health in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Here’s what you need to know:
Understanding PANS and PANDAS
PANS and PANDAS are pediatric disorders triggered by infections, commonly streptococcal bacteria. What's baffling is that these infections can lead to an abnormal immune response, causing inflammation in the brain and resulting in a range of neuropsychiatric symptoms.
However, as a parent, it can be challenging to understand the diversity of symptoms and the complex nature of these conditions.
The hallmark of PANS and PANDAS is their abrupt onset of symptoms, which can include:
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Mood swings
- Behavioral regression
- Cognitive decline
This sudden and often severe change in behavior can be alarming for you as a parent, which may lead you to think it’s a phase or an onset of behavioral issues.
Unfortunately, this misinterpretation can delay a proper diagnosis and treatment, impacting your child's well-being and long-term prognosis. That's why scheduling an appointment with our team is so important if you notice any of these symptoms.
Diagnosing PANS and PANDAS
Another significant aspect you may not fully comprehend is the diagnostic process for PANS and PANDAS. Diagnosis involves thoroughly assessing your child's medical history and ruling out other potential causes of symptoms. It often requires specific criteria to be met.
The complexity of understanding the condition can lead to frustration and misunderstanding. Still, our team has the expertise and experience to walk this journey alongside you and your child, so know that you can rely on us for support.
Treating PANS and PANDAS
Here at Fairfield Family Health, we first address the underlying immune dysfunction. Our holistic approaches may include a change of diet, taking vitamins and supplements, and taking herbal medicines.
We take the time to customize treatment for your child's needs, which can require patience as we monitor their responses.
Getting the support you need
We understand the emotional, financial, and social challenges you can experience when dealing with the demands of caring for a child with these disorders. We’re knowledgeable providers who can support you while navigating the answers. We can also direct you toward support networks to help you.
Education and awareness play an important role in bridging the gap of understanding around PANS and PANDAS. We encourage you to proactively seek information from our reliable sources while advocating for your child's health.
Taking the next step
If you’ve noticed an onset of symptoms in your child that causes concern, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with our expert team. You can rely on our team to ensure your child receives an accurate diagnosis and appropriate care.
Call now at 203-354-9957 to book an appointment at any time.