Genetic diseases in children: we’re prepared for anything
At Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota’s genetics clinic, we specialize in helping children with complex needs and birth defects on every step of their journey. We help families searching for the causes of their child’s medical problems as well as those who have already received a specific diagnosis and are looking for support and treatment.
When you first visit the genetics clinic, you and your child will meet with a genetics clinician and a genetic counselor. We’ll have already reviewed your child’s medical history, and we will ask to hear your family’s story. Together we try to find causes for your child’s differences. We explain next steps in management and treatment. We will provide information and guidance to you and your family. This includes:
- Discussing how your family health history may play a role in your child’s genetic condition
- Explaining genetic and lab test results
- Helping you cope with the emotional side of a genetic disorder diagnosis
- Coordinating care with other specialists who have experience treating children with similar conditions
New discoveries and diagnoses are being made in the genetics world all the time. We will provide you with the most up to date research and healthcare guidelines pertaining to your child’s condition. Here are some of the more common conditions we see: