Fragile X Syndrome – Sensory Symptoms

The most common effect of Fragile X Syndrome is on sensory nerves. These sensory nerves provide sensation to the brain, and thus help to complete tasks. Fragile X causes an effect on sensory nerves, thus the sensation is distracted or reduced, lowering an individual’s capability to do things.

Behavioral Effect of Fragile X in Children

Many children who have Fragile X are very sensitive to many sensations. They may easily get distracted with slight sounds, or may become frantic with loud noises in a room. They may give trouble even if they don’t like the texture of their clothes on their skin. They may not be able to focus on their surroundings, which is important. This includes listening to a lecture or to the teacher’s instruction.

Fragile X infants may also have problems drinking from the bottle, because they get upset with the feel of a nipple. Most children may be overwhelmed with a hug or even with a brief tickle, and they avoid others trying to touch them. Most of these symptoms are life-long,  but they can be handled and/or avoided with proper intervention.

Problems with Fragile X in children

Fragile X children may also have a balance problem. But, to keep the body in a stable and upright position, we need the help of sensory nerves. These sensory nerves help to maintain the body in a balanced position by providing sensation. Fragile X children feel difficulty while learning to sit, crawl, stand, and walk due to the connective tissue problems, coordination and balance problems.  Eventually most of these children will be able to do these tasks.

Other disorders due to Fragile X syndrome

There are many other disorders which are associated with Fragile X syndrome. Some of them are Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), connective tissue problems, seizures and Premature Ovarian Failure (POF). All of these disorders affect mostly Fragile X children.

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