Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Some steps you can take at home that may help your child include:

  • Make sure your child stays well-hydrated. Dehydration can be more serious in children with progeria. Be sure your child drinks plenty of water, especially during an illness or in hot weather.
  • Provide frequent, small meals. Because nutrition and growth can be an issue for children with progeria, giving your child smaller meals more often may help to increase calorie intake.
  • Provide opportunities for regular physical activity. Check with your child's doctor to learn which activities are best for your child.
  • Get cushioned shoes or shoe inserts for your child. The loss of body fat in the feet can cause discomfort.
  • Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if your child is swimming or perspiring.
  • Make sure your child is up to date on childhood immunizations. A child with progeria isn't at increased risk of infection, but like all children, is at risk if exposed to infectious diseases.
  • Provide learning opportunities. Progeria won't affect your child's intellect, so he or she can attend school at an age-appropriate level.
May. 03, 2014

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