Using M&Ms to Teach About Ectodermal Dysplasia

The following presentation is a very simple way to introduce the ectodermal dysplasia to your child’s classmates and teachers. We published this article years ago but it’s still a great idea for parents to use in their child’s classroom. Levi is now an adult who has his own family! By Kim Howard My son’s name…

Ectodermal Dysplasia Conferences: Getting to Know Other Families Like Yours

The world can be a pretty lonely place if you think that yours is the only family navigating the twists and turns of life with ectodermal dysplasia. But there’s no need to live on an island! There are plenty of ways to start making connections and building a network of love and support, including attending ectodermal dysplasia conferences.

8 Tips for Getting Your Child To Wear Dentures

We asked our families for their best advice. Here’s what they said. Bribery! Determine treats or prizes that the child would earn for wearing their dentures “x” amount of time each day. Increase the times until he or she is wearing them all day, every day. You could do a star chart if they are…

Health Insurance Claims and Teeth 101

By Susan Barbey Rule 1 Know What Kind of Health Insurance You Have Individual health insurance policy, or Group health insurance through employer Rule 2 If You Have Group Health Insurance Through An Employer, Call Your Plan Administrator and Ask The Following Questions Is this health insurance an insured-plan (sold by a licensed insurance company)?…

Finding Power in Telling Your Classmates About Ectodermal Dysplasias

It’s been a tough year in 5th grade for 10-year-old Josh. He’s been struggling internally about who he is and the condition he has, according to his mom, Chelsea Horan. Josh is affected by hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, a rare genetic disorder. “Josh has been struggling a bit this year with talking to his peers who…

10 Tips for Family Conference First-Timers

Are you heading to Falls Church, Virginia, this summer to attend the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias Family Conference? Our veteran attendees have some great tips for you. Some of the best knowledge you gain is from the interaction with other families. Ask,ask,ask…anything! Write down all your questions so you don’t forget. Everyone is there…

‘Tis the Season – For Respiratory Illnesses

By Clayton Butcher, M.D. As an internal medicine and pediatric physician, I personally over the last two to four weeks have seen a significant increase in respiratory illnesses. They range from from viral upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, and good old fashion influenza. This season seems to be particularly severe. Many of our viruses including respiratory…

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