Neurological complications in children are often associated with chronic disease or injury. In children who have developed neurodegenerative complications involving the brain, the advancement of normal child growth and development can be challenging. If you are the parent of a child who has complications that are indicative of a neurodegenerative complication, it is important to ask your pediatrician about the signs of Pick’s disease symptoms and how your child may be affected.
Pick’s disease is a unique health risk that typically affects older adults prior to the develop of senile complications. In children with brain damage, or neurodegenerative complications, Pick’s disease symptoms may manifest as well. In children who develop this type of neurological complication, the issues of brain health concern lie within the frontal lobe and the temporal lobe.
Neurodegenerative disorders in children typically do not include the onset of Pick’s disease because it is such a unique health risk in any age group. If your child is being evaluated for conditions such as ADHD, or other frontal lobe disorders, it is important to ask about testing for Pick’s disease symptoms as well. As a condition that mimics frontal lobe dementia symptoms, some pediatricians overlook the condition as temporary and not a condition associated with a pediatric patient.
Impulsivity, language complications, and changes in personality, are all the symptoms that are associated with Pick’s disease in a young child – just as they are in an older adult who develops the condition. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Pick’s disease but symptoms of the neurodegenerative complication can be managed, to some extent, with medications used for dementia in older adults. Once confirmed as suffering from the condition, your child will be classified as an early-onset dementia patient for whom long term rehabilitation will be recommended.
Not all neurological changes in children are associated with Pick’s disease and this shouldn’t be a primarily health concern for most parents. But, if your child is being tested for frontal lobe dementia-type complications, then Pick’s disease symptoms should be assessed to determine if the condition is a concern.
Sources: The Official Patient’s Sourcebook on Pick’s Disease, by Icon Health Publications