Food as a treatment for avoid mental retardation. NOT We are what we eat … This is especially true for Thomas who never eats meat, fish, dairy, pastry, bread … When shopping, the radius tour food is quickly cordoned off: fruits, some vegetables and voila! It will be understood, Thomas must follow an ultra strict diet and this, throughout his entire life.
A diet that he follows already since maternity, since the analyzes done a few days later his birth revealed too much concentration of phenylalanine in its organization. The accumulation of this acid amine and its toxic derivatives causes progressive and irreversible degradation of the brain that eventually causes a delay important mental , says Dr. Marie- Cécile Nassogne, neuropediatrician. Children with classical phenylketonuria who do not follow any diet present severe difficulties in developing development with poor language and major disorders of behavior. Beautiful- must be placed in an institution specialized in the early years of life. If they are well followed, treated children from birth feel no symptoms, reassures the ropédiatre. Haro on proteins To limit the intake of phenylalanine ne, Thomas must therefore resort to products specials distributed in pharmacy and able to cover their nutritional needs tional. The difficulties are numerous because almost all foods contain proteins and therefore the phenomenon nylalanine explains, Martine Dassy, téticienne. Parents of children with children of this disease must be very lants At first they have trouble accepting the situation, but with time everything goes in order: trust is established and good habits are taken as and when measure of dietary diversity of the baby The objective at this stage: to dramatize the situation while enforcing the rules of food hygiene! It is important because until about 7 years old the brain is in full development Multidisciplinary assessment Phenylketonuria is part of large family of metabolic diseases ism. And if these diseases are actually many, they are also for the most part very rare (eg ten phenylketonurics are born each year in Belgium). To help parents and children faced with this type of pathology, a multidisciplinary consultation was launched in the Department of Neuropediatrics in January last.