“Too happy baby”: constant laughter turned out to be a symptom of a rare disease

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Parents of three-month-old William Goodson drew attention to the fact that the child is constantly smiling, and indeed looks incredibly happy regardless of the situation.

Many parents believe that William was an ideal baby with a perfect childhood – in reality, everything turned out to be completely wrong.

At first, such behavior of the child seemed normal to parents, but later on they decided to turn to specialists for additional verification. Emma Goodson, William’s mother, went for a consultation after her son had an epileptic seizure at the age of seven months.

It turned out that William has a rare genetic disease – Angelman syndrome, associated with a deletion on the 15th chromosome. This disease is also called “happy doll syndrome” and “Parsley syndrome.”

Violation occurs in 1 child out of 20,000. Children suffering from this neurological disorder have developmental delay, sleep disturbance, frequent laughter and constant smile, breathing problems, weak muscle tone, and convulsive seizures.

Emma was surprised to see all these symptoms in her own child. Doctors, who first assured their parents that the child was only slightly behind in development and could easily catch up with their peers, confirmed the diagnosis.

Now William is three years old: he cannot walk, has not learned to speak, but is able to interact with his parents and peers. To correct the condition, he is on a ketogenic diet, which reduces the risk of seizures.

Parents assure that, despite the fact that William can not express his feelings in words, he can demonstrate them better than any other child.


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