Key Signs Of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Delay in Walking
A child's first steps are an important milestone. In most cases, slightly delayed walking isn't a reason to worry. However, studies have indicated when delayed walking is paired with cognitive delays, these may be the earliest signals of medical conditions, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy. One study, conducted by a pediatric neurologist and medical student, showed it's common for boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy to have delays in walking.
These delays often occur alongside cognitive developmental delays. Ordinarily, toddlers take their first steps between nine and sixteen months old. The researchers believe these combined developmental delays should be a signal further testing is necessary. If Duchenne muscular dystrophy is diagnosed before symptoms of muscle weakness begin, the treatment options could theoretically be more effective.