What Are the Symptoms of Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS)?

How your pediatricians in Stuart, FL, can help with Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome or PANS

Has your child’s behavior changed suddenly? Does your child exhibit depression, anxiety, and obsessive behaviors? If your child has had a sudden, seemingly overnight change in behavior, your child could have pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome, a condition known as PANS. Your pediatrician can help. Dr. Melissa Singer and Dr. Lisa Rankin at Coastal Integrated Medicine in Stuart, FL, provide comprehensive integrated medicine services, including diagnosis and treatment of PANS.

The main characteristic which separates PANS from other disorders is that signs and symptoms appear very suddenly. Some of these signs and symptoms include:

  • Depression and mood swings
  • Temper tantrums
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Irritability and aggression
  • Difficulty in school
  • ADHD symptoms
  • Sleep disturbances and night terrors
  • Obsessive compulsive behaviors

The exact cause of PANS is not known, but there may be some association with:

  • Infections
  • Inflammatory reactions
  • Metabolic issues

There are a few things you can do as a parent to help your child with PANS. These are some tips for helping your child from helpguide.org:

Talk to your child about how they’re feeling. Discuss your child’s fears and tell them you understand their feelings.

Self-soothe with deep breathing. Teach your child how to breathe slowly and deeply to manage stress.

Distract your child with calming activities. Have your child play a game or do a puzzle with you to allow them to refocus on something else.

Get your child exercising. This helps your child focus on actions, rather than thoughts.

Be a good role model. Your child needs to see you handle stress effectively, so your child can mimic what you do.

To read more detailed information from helpguide.org about how to help your child with PANS, please click here.

To find out more about the diagnosis and treatment of PANS, call Dr. Melissa Singer and Dr. Lisa Rankin at Coastal Integrated Medicine in Stuart, FL. You can reach them in the office by calling (772) 334-1409, so call today.

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