Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

In some cases, Krabbe disease is diagnosed in newborns with screening tests before symptoms appear. Conversations with your child's doctor and a specialist in nervous system disorders (neurologist) would begin as soon as a diagnosis is confirmed. In most cases, however, the onset of symptoms triggers an exploration of possible causes.

Well-baby visits

It's important to take your child to all regularly scheduled well-baby visits and annual appointments during childhood. These visits are an opportunity for your child's doctor to monitor your child's development in key areas, including:

  • Growth
  • Muscle tone
  • Muscle strength
  • Coordination
  • Posture
  • Age-appropriate motor skills
  • Sensory abilities — vision, hearing and touch

Questions you should be prepared to answer during regular checkups might include the following:

  • What concerns do you have about your child's growth or development?
  • How well does he or she eat?
  • How does your child respond to touch?
  • Is your child reaching certain milestones in development, such as rolling over, pushing up, sitting up, crawling, walking or speaking?

Preparing for other doctor visits

If you're seeing your doctor because of the recent onset of symptoms, you'll likely start by seeing your general practitioner or your child's pediatrician. After an initial evaluation, your doctor may refer you to a neurologist.

Be prepared to answer the following questions about your symptoms or on your child's behalf:

  • What signs or symptoms have you noticed? When did they begin?
  • Have these signs or symptoms changed over time?
  • Do you notice any changes in your child's attentiveness?
  • Has your child had a fever?
  • Have you noticed unusual or excessive irritability?
  • Have you noticed changes in eating habits?

Questions especially for older children or adults may include:

  • Has your child experienced any changes in school performance?
  • Have you experienced difficulty with normal tasks or job-related work?
  • Are you or is your child being treated for any other medical conditions?
  • Have you or your child recently begun a new medication?
June 03, 2014