What is Pierre Robin Sequence?
Pierre Robin Sequence is a congenital condition characterized by a very small lower jaw, a downward displacement of the tongue and a soft cleft palate.
What are some symptoms of Pierre Robin?
Symptoms of Pierre Robin include: a soft cleft palate, a high–arched palate, an unusually small jaw with a receding chin, a small opening in the roof of the mouth, a large tongue, and recurrent ear infections.
How will the condition progress if left untreated?
Without medical intervention, Pierre Robin Sequence can lead to complications that include: low blood oxygen, brain damage, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and possibly death.
How can I help treat my child’s Pierre Robin Sequence?
Complications associated with Pierre Robin Sequence are typically eliminated over the child’s first few years of life as the jaw grows and develops. In certain cases, treatment will require the insertion of a nasal tube to avoid airway blockages. In order to avoid choking, feeding must be done very carefully.
Our approach at North Shore Pediatric Therapy
Our goal at North Shore Pediatric Therapy for children with Pierre Robin Sequence is to ensure that he receives proper medical intervention. Speech therapy and/or feeding therapy may be warranted at the recommendation of the child’s pediatrician.