Tay Sachs Disease
by Alyssa Alberti
There are no emotional affects. There are mental affects that are stated below.
3-6 months: muscle weakness, low muscle tone,increased startle response, jerking in sleep
6-10 months: won’t meet motor milestones, can not sit, decreased eye movement8-10 months: move less and become less responsive, loss of vision, seizures, trouble swallowing
Time Frame of Tay Sachs
- Child starts to show symptoms around 3 months old
- Progressive symptoms become more severe as the child gets older
- Typical lifespan is 3-4 years old
Who Is Affected?
If you are Jewish, Irish, French-Canadian, or Cajun, it is highly recommended that you are tested to ensure that you are not a carrier of Tay Sachs Disease. The people of these heritages have a higher risk of being carriers.
- No changes will be necessary in your home
- Emotional support may be needed for family members
- Child is too young to be enrolled in school, therefore no support in school is needed