What to do if you suspect something is wrong

As a parent, you see how your child is developing every day. Feeling that something may be wrong – but not knowing what – can be stressful and frustrating.1,2

How you can help your doctor reach a diagnosis

The first physical symptoms of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) may be hard to recognise, so it can be difficult to diagnose.

Take these three steps to prepare for the doctor’s visit and help him/her determine whether it is DMD or another condition

Write down your family history
Understanding your family’s history of muscle disease and other conditions can help your doctor reach a diagnosis.

Keep a journal of your child or young person’s symptoms
Write down any symptoms you have noticed. You may use the Doctor’s appointment discussion guide.

Take photos or video
Bring photos or videos to help your doctor gain a better understanding of the signs and symptoms you have observed.

If you have concerns about your child’s development, talk to your doctor as soon as possible

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2. Lurio JG, et al. Am Fam Physician. 2015;91:38–44.
3. National Task Force for Early Identification of Childhood Neuromuscular Disorders. Guide for primary care providers. Available at https://childmuscleweakness.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/PrimaryCareProviderPacket.pdf [accessed March 2021].
4. Essex C, Roper H. BMJ. 2001;323:37–38.
5. van Ruiten HJ, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2014;99:1074–1077.
6. Birnkrant DJ, et al. Lancet Neurol. 2018;17:251–267 [Part 1].

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