More of our children are presenting with symptoms such as OCD, anxiety, tics, personality changes etc. It is thought that as many as 1 in 200 children will be diagnosed with PANDAS or PANS. So what is it?
PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) occurs when streptococcal infections trigger a misdirected immune response which results in inflammation on a child’s brain. The child then develops life changing symptoms such as OCD, anxiety, tics, personality changes, decline in their school work, sensory sensitivities, restrictive eating, etc.
When an infection occurs, antibiotics are usually prescribed but we should bear in mind that this offers only temporary relief and as we are discovering where there is regular use of antibiotics further problems usually arise such as stomach upsets and further disruption to the immune system.
In the US, the PANDAS network recently carried out a study of 700 families and rather interestingly the highest percentage of onset of symptoms was from the ages of 4 to 9 years at a staggering 69%.
The full findings can be found here. http://www.pandasnetwork.org/understanding-pandaspans/statistics/
If you suspect your child is showing signs of the above and you would like to talk to me to see how I am able to help using homeopathy which is a safe, gentle and non toxic form of medicine please contact me for a free 15 minute consultation.