Can babies or small children get ALS or are they immune for a while?

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  • Edna
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    ALS is a progressive neurological disorder which results in weakened muscles and deformity. It's very rare - fewer than 20,000 cases per year in the U.S., and there is no known cause or cure. ALS isn't contagious, so there's no inborn immunity against it. I suppose a baby or a small child COULD develop ALS, but someone that young would be highly unlikely to do so. It is most common in people ages 50 and older. 

  • 3 weeks ago

    No. this is a progressive and neurological condition that normally affects people who are in middle age up to the senior years.  It is not a condition that usually affects young ones like babies and toddlers and even young children.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Since the cause is not known, they could get it. However the youngest confirmed case was 24 years old. So based on that, I would not worry about babies or kids.

  • 4 weeks ago

    ALS****** amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ,, 

    This can attack at any age, however its usually more in older people such as 45-70 range, and usually affects men, the Caucasians & non Hispanics.

    This is a progressive disease that begins with weakness, often in the hands, less frequently in the feet. Weakness may progress more on one side of the body than the other and generally proceeds up the arm or leg. Cramps are common as well and may precede the weakness, but sensation remains intact. Over time, in addition to increased weakness, spasticity intervenes. Muscles become tight, spasms ensue, and tremors may appear. The muscles of speech and swallowing may weaken, leading to difficulty in speaking (dysphagia). Eventually the disease may weaken the diaphragm, leading to breathing problems; some may need a respiratory to breath.

    ALS is always progressive, though the rate of progression may vary. About 50 %nof people with the disease die within 3 years of the first symptoms, 10 % live 10 years or more, and occasionally a person survives for as long as 30 years.

     

    These disorders have no specific treatment or cure. Physical therapy helps the person maintain muscle strength and prevent the muscles from tightening(contractures). People who start to have issues with swallowing must be fed with great care to prevent chocking; some may even need to be fed with a gastrostomy tube-- a tube inserted through the abdominal wall into the stomach. (neurotrophic factors).Baclofen, a drug to reduce muscle spasms, sometimes relieves muscle cramps. Other drugs may decrease cramps and saliva formation.

    Researchers are experimenting with certain substances that promote the growth of nerves( neurotrophic factors).Unknown results.

    Source(s): nurse
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  • Bill
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Google is your friend. ALS is a rare disease. It became known as Lou Gehrig's disease because the baseball player had it. Until recently a person with ALS would usually die within a year, but Steven Hawking lived many years.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    At present, we don't know exactly what causes the majority of ALS cases. 5-10% are classified as familial, with a genetic component behind the illness, and these are obviously present from birth, but up to 95% are sporadic. Given that the disease is degenerative, and progressive, the disease can pass unnoticed for months or years until the symptoms become more overt, which makes it almost impossible to determine whether children are immune to the disease, or if they just haven't developed identifiable symptoms.

  • 4 weeks ago

    I don’t know the answer

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