Our story of parenting our son, Ruben, during his first year is one of instinct and intuition, as we didn’t know until 16 months that Ruben’s collection of features amounted to something called hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED). There’s no known ectodermal dysplasia in our families. We’d been asking all the right questions about our fluffy-haired, dry-skinned, hot-bodied babe, but it wasn’t until I mentioned our son’s toothlessness to his older brother’s dentist, that an answer was offered.
Boys affected by incontinentia pigmenti typically do not survive pregnancy. The condition is an X-linked dominant “lethal” condition. Meet Jamistyn, a 6-year-old boy with IP who not only survived but is thriving! Read more about his extremely rare story!
A nonprofit dedicated to one type of ectodermal dysplasia has closed its doors. We are honored to have worked with its founder to transfer their information and welcome their families. Explore our new, expanded section on incontinentia pigmenti.
The Stollers spent the first few years of their daughter, Kambree’s life, trying to figure out what was causing all of her different, possibly unrelated, symptoms. When Kambree was finally diagnosed with ectodermal dysplasia, professionals and genetic testing couldn’t pinpoint which type she might have. Until an NFED Family Conference changed their life. They found something they didn’t realize they were seeking.
We are excited to announce our webinar series for 2020: Conference from your Couch! Join us on the second Wednesday of every other month in 2020 at 7 p.m. central for FREE webinars to learn more about ectodermal dysplasias, symptoms, treatments and research.
Jonathan Weil tells the story of how his family grew in strength and knowledge after his daughter, Maddie’s, diagnosis with ecodermal dysplasias. They’ve come a long way from feeling helpless.
Heather Martin struggled to find answers after her son Isaiah did not fully develop teeth from birth. She was told by multiple dentists that his teeth should be capped, but she did not listen. Follow Heather’s journey as she fianlly finds the answers she was looking for in a diagnosis.
Addison Kemper spent her life being told she’s perfect, but knowing she was different. She had little hair and problems with her nails. Kids bullied her. Life was hard at times. She knew she must have a condition of some kind but found no answers. Her baby’s arrival led her to a diagnosis for both: Clouston syndrome. Those two words opened the door a new world.