It's likely that your family doctor or your child's pediatrician will notice signs and symptoms of progeria during regular checkups. After evaluation, your child may be referred to a medical genetics specialist.
Here's some information to help you prepare for your appointment.
What you can do
To get ready for your appointment, make a list of:
- Any signs and symptoms your child has been experiencing, and for how long.
- Your child's key medical information, including recent illnesses, any medical conditions, and the names and dosages of any medications, vitamins, herbs or other supplements.
- Questions you want to ask the doctor.
Some basic questions to ask the doctor may include:
- What is likely causing my child's signs and symptoms?
- Are there any other possible causes?
- What kinds of tests does my child need?
- Are treatments available for this condition?
- What are the complications of this condition?
- Are my other children or family members at increased risk of this condition?
- Are there clinical trials underway for which my child may be eligible?
- Do you recommend that my child see a specialist?
- How can I find other families who are coping with this condition?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Be ready to answer them to reserve time to go over points you want to focus on.
- When did you first notice that something may be wrong?
- What signs and symptoms have you noticed?
- Has your child been diagnosed with any notable diseases or conditions? If so, what was the treatment?
- How is your family coping?