What to know about microcephi treatment for babies
A new treatment that can be used to treat babies with microcePHA can help babies who have been born with a rare neurological disorder.
Dr. James Bickerton, an orthopedic surgeon and professor at the University of Queensland, said there was a growing understanding that babies born with microCEPHA may have problems with movement, language, or other social skills.
He said the new treatment could be used for babies with low birth weight, where the brain has not developed enough.
“There’s a small group of people who are very good at microcepi [which is the condition where the babies head or neck is smaller than expected], and they might be able to treat it,” he said.
“I think this is a great opportunity to be able see if there’s an opportunity to do this.”
The treatment is a machine that looks like a plastic cup and is attached to a child’s head using wires attached to an electrode.
It’s made by a company called Electrocephale and can be delivered to hospitals.
The treatment can be given to babies in the first year of life and can help to reduce the babies risk of developing microCEPI.
Dr Bickert said the technology could be adapted to treat other neurological disorders.
“It’s not just for the children with micro CEPHA, it’s also the children who have a lower birth weight,” he told AAP.
If you can see that they have difficulty in social interaction with others, that might be a potential indication of how microcePI might be affecting their ability to be a normal person.””
I know that this is not something that’s going to be very popular, but I think it’s important to understand that there’s a number of children with different types of conditions and some of them have a problem with social interactions and they have this issue where they have a smaller head.”
If you can see that they have difficulty in social interaction with others, that might be a potential indication of how microcePI might be affecting their ability to be a normal person.
“The therapy was created by a group of Queensland researchers and doctors, including Dr Bickery, who has treated hundreds of babies with the condition.
It’s the first time that the technology has been used in a child with microcephalic cerebral palsy, which is caused by an abnormal buildup of brain cells in the brain.
Dr Gail Wigglesworth, an expert in neurology at the Australian National University, said it was a promising technique.”
The technology is very new and there are some concerns about how safe it is,” she said.
She said the treatment could help to prevent more babies with autism developing the condition and help them recover from it.”
One of the big challenges that we’re working on is trying to develop an approach that is as safe as possible, without compromising the quality of life of these children,” she told AAP from Brisbane.
The treatment has been tested in babies with Down syndrome and a few other neurological conditions.
Dr Wiggensworth said it could help the young babies, who may have other issues such as learning disabilities.”
We have an understanding of how they are going to respond to it, how they’re going to function, but there’s still lots of work to be done to determine if there are benefits and if they have any risks that we need to be aware of,” she explained.
Dr Wigglelesworth said the research could lead to new treatments for some neurological conditions, such as epilepsy, and she hoped the treatment would be used in some of those children.
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