Kids between the ages of three and younger are commonly those afflicted by a condition commonly referred to as acute cerebellar ataxia. Although it is not life threatening, it is inarguably scary and debilitating. After a few months, it essentially eases out and then, it is gone. Here is some vital information on how you can treat acute cerebellar ataxia:
- Watch out for the common symptoms. Knowing much about the condition can certainly affect your ability to manage it. Acute cerebellar ataxia generally occurs after your kid suffered from a typical viral illness. So, watch out for it after your kid had Epstein Barr or chickenpox. Other symptoms are seen a few more weeks after. Symptoms may even linger for several weeks or months.
- Recognize the symptoms. Your kid may suddenly experience uncontrolled movements of his body. Since the condition primary attacks the trunk of a kid's body and the limbs, observe if your kid sways his body, perhaps from side to side, or from front to back, or maybe, a combination of both. After the uncontrollable swaying, the body suddenly returns to normal, as if nothing happened. You kid may also start to find it difficult to walk. His eyes may also begin to move back and forth and his speech, disrupted.
- Seek medical diagnosis. Although your kid's life is not in danger, the symptoms may give you valid reasons to panic. So, to appease yourself, consult a doctor. He is qualified to determine what prompts those symptoms. He is also professionally trained to say whether those symptoms are serious or they point to another condition different from acute cerebellar ataxia.
- Managing the condition. So far, you can only rely on some form of physical therapy to improve your kid's physical coordination. If your kid is having difficulty walking, the physical therapist should be able to address his balance issues. Aside from the physical regimen, the physical therapist can also suggest a suitable adaptive equipment to aid your kid, particularly if he wishes to move around more conveniently. Your kid may use a walker, a scooter, or a wheelchair. You may also inquire about some accommodations where you can temporary stay. Such accommodations are designed to help your kid function normally.
In reality, the treatment for acute cerebellar ataxia has not yet been found. But, here's a good news. The condition goes away, yes, by itself. You can expect your kind to recover fully. The usual turning point takes between few weeks and several months. Be more patient. Try to function normally as much as you can while the condition is taking its course.
In some extreme cases, some disorders have been noted to occur, both physical and behavioral, right after the condition is gone. Those disorders can be addressed medically.
Acute cerebellar ataxia certainly baffles medical experts and parents alike. But since it basically comes and goes, you just have to maintain the positive attitude to bear it. The positive attitude can make a big difference for you and for your beloved kid.