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Orphaned and Abandoned Children with Muscular Dystrophy

As the number of orphans escalates around the world, there is an increasing demand for sensory stimulation, nurturing touch and palliative care within orphanages and childcare settings. It is the vision of the Liddle Kidz Foundation Global to make a true difference for children who have been orphaned, along with their caregivers who lack the necessary support to provide them with best developmental care possible.

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a group of inherited muscle diseases in which muscle fibers are unusually susceptible to damage. Muscles, primarily voluntary muscles, become progressively weaker. In the late stages of muscular dystrophy, fat and connective tissue often replace muscle fibers. Some types of muscular dystrophy affect heart muscles, other involuntary muscles and other organs.

A child who is diagnosed with MD gradually loses the ability to do things like walk, sit upright, breathe easily, and move the arms and hands. This increasing weakness can lead to other health problems.

There are several major forms of muscular dystrophy, which can affect the muscles to varying degrees. In some cases, MD starts causing muscle problems in infancy; in others, symptoms don't appear until adulthood.

The most common types of muscular dystrophy appear to be due to a genetic deficiency of the muscle protein dystrophin.

Signs and symptoms vary according to the type of muscular dystrophy. In general, muscular dystrophy symptoms may include:

  • Muscle weakness
     
  • Apparent lack of coordination
     
  • Progressive crippling, resulting in fixations (contractures) of the muscles around your joints and loss of mobility
     

Liddle Kidz Foundation Global uses pediatric massage to decrease muscle pain, relax tight or contracted muscles, increase circulation, encourage increased range of motion and improve gastrointestinal function to relieve symptoms of constipation.

 

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