Eight Easy Steps to Match Your NFED Donation

Did you know that the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) currently has a small but mighty group of 17 donors that have their employers match their donation? Since 2016, these companies have donated over $3,300 matching gift dollars paid and almost $4,000 matching gift dollars pledged.  Almost $10,000 total has been given to the…

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…

Post Traumatic Growth

A positive result can come out of experiencing trauma or difficulty and working through the resulting emotions. This is called post traumatic growth, or PTG. Learn how this applies to ectodermal dysplasia and how you can nurture it.

Tips for Finding a Doctor or Dentist

When you have a rare disorder like ectodermal dysplasia, it’s not easy to find a doctor or dentist who has a lot of experience in treating the condition. Some may go their whole career and never see a patient with ectodermal dysplasia. The process can be frustrating and time-consuming for you. Consider working with a…

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