Family-driven Grassroots Action is the Answer

Jen Steele’s life was forever changed in 2012, when her daughter, Alli, was diagnosed with ectodermal dysplasia. Her family spent the next few years commuting 240 miles round trip to the University of Iowa to meet with geneticists, doctors and dentists. She discovered the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) online and called for help and support. The Iowa mom quickly learned that Alli’s dental needs would exceed their financial abilities. She was not one to ask for help or be complacent and just accept the fact that their medical insurance would not cover Alli’s medical needs. With no political experience, the Steele family joined other NFED families in taking action to advocate for the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act.

Our Baby Struggled to Swallow

Baby Oakley had a hard time feeding. Watching your baby not be able to swallow can be terrifying. He had projectile vomiting and wasn’t gaining weight. His parents begged doctors to help their baby boy. A hospital stay and many tests later, they figured it out. This information coupled with a trip to the dentist led to a diagnosis of ectodermal dysplasias. Find out how Oakley is feeding now.

Hazel Glows With Her New Teeth

Your five-year-old daughter wearing her first dentures can be surreal. Just ask Sarah Hamilton. The mom shares about how the teeth have impacted Hazel’s eating and speech and how they are having to battle their insurance to get benefits.

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.

Fighting for Future Generations of My Family

Dylan Steyer is a three-year-old boy who simply wants to have teeth. He’s even asked his mom if he can have hers. Dylan only has 5 teeth due to hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. Learn what his mom, Laura is doing to fight for his right to dental care.

Children Don’t Need Teeth?

Kevin Koser doesn’t think he should have to explain to his son with ectodermal dysplasia that he can’t have teeth because health insurance companies don’t feel teeth are necessary. So, he’s taking action and getting others to join him in advocating for the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act.

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.