My Son Has Only Six Teeth

Sheltered as a child because of ectodermal dysplasia, Beth Orchard is raising her kids differently. This advocate is giving her children the same opportunities as kids who can sweat and eat normally. She’s taking bold steps to make a difference and wants you to join her.

Giraffes to Genes: Alexander’s Story

Alex’s story started out just like any other story. The perfect little baby who fed well, was always normal on the growth charts and in general was a happy baby! We were also happy that he had the perfect little shaped head to be bald. You see, we did not know at the time that his extended baldness had anything to do with a rare genetic disorder, so we always joked it was a good thing his little baby head was shaped so perfectly.

Prenatal Treatment Restores Sweating in XLHED

Dr. Schneider and his team of investigators have published their groundbreaking research results in a “Prenatal Correction of X-Linked Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia.” We are thrilled to share with you key highlights from their research, what it means for our families affected by XLHED, and the next steps.

NFED Was A Bridge Between My Two Worlds

I was born with x-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (XLHED) because of a random mutation. The NFED was a bridge between the two worlds I felt I lived in: one where I could pass as someone who looked unaffected and the one where I knew the issues I faced as a person affected by XLHED. Once I got married and started talking about wanting children was when I began volunteering with the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED). I will not give up volunteering with the NFED until we find coverage for my son, Liam’s, teeth and the many others affected by missing teeth.

Ectodermal Dysplasia Treatment Videos Now Available

The one thing all our families want is information about ectodermal dysplasia treatment. You want to know what to expect for you or your child. You are seeking treatment options. You are looking for answers. That’s where the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias comes in. We now have six free videos of educational workshops from our 2017 Family Conference available to watch. You can hear from our experts, see their presentations and learn.

How This Teen Takes On Life With Ectodermal Dysplasia

By Kayte Speegle Hi. My name is Kayte. I am one of six in my family affected by hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. I would love to say that it is “nothing,” but it is definitely a lot of something. My grandpa was the first of the family to be diagnosed with ectodermal dysplasia. Then, there was…

A Friend Diagnosed My Grandson

By Nancy Jane Johnson I’d like you to meet Ethan Noble.  He lives in Ellensburg, a small college town in the middle of Wash. which has quite distinctive seasons, snow in winter, 100+ degrees for a short time in summer and lots of wind!  Ethan was born in York, Maine and is almost 15. He…

Spot the Difference?

Mary Emma Roberts is now 12 inches of hair lighter! Mary Emma is six years old, but she began donating her hair to charities two years ago when she was just four. Already at this age, Mary Emma had eight inches of hair to spare. So, Mom, Kara Roberts, decided the time had come to…