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Medical and Dietary Needs

What you need to know

  • The severity of any one of the possible medical conditions varies widely between individuals. Therefore, it is important to ask the parents about their child's specific medical issues.
  • School age children with SMS may have multiple doctor and specialist visits to monitor medical conditions.
    • Regular neurodevelopmental and developmental/behavioral evaluations are important.
    • Regular hearing evaluations, to monitor for conductive and/or sensorineural hearing loss, will likely be conducted.
    • Be aware, or ask parents, if the child has a medical alert bracelet.
  • No special diet is required for SMS although a well-balanced diet is important. 

What you can do

  • A yearly check-up and studies as needed should occur in the child’s Medical Home. 
  • Be aware of any changes in behavior or mood that seem out of line with the situation and notify the parents.
  • It is important to be aware of any academic changes.  Contact parents when any differences are noticed.