Tics, OCD, Behavioural issues
Childhood Auto-immune Disorder
PANS & PANDAS
According to NIMH, as many as 1 in 200 children in the US may suffer from PANDAS/PANS, which is a post-infectious autoimmune encephalitis caused by Streptococcus.
A child may be diagnosed with PANDAS/PANS when OCD, tic disorder, and/or other symptoms appear (or become worse) following a strep infection, such as strep throat or scarlet fever. PANDAS is a pediatric disorder that typically appears from age 3 to puberty.
It can be baffling when children become very anxious, with a sudden change in personality from confident and happy to clingy and needy with severe separation anxiety all of a sudden. New fears and sometimes OCD behaviours and tics can appear ‘out of the blue’, usually after an infection by streptoccocus – sore throat, fever, skin rash, school sores, or scarlett fever.
When to consider Strep…
Typically a child between 3-14 years of age:
suddenly becomes scared of separation
develops new intense fears
their handwriting changes drastically
maths skills may deteriorate
the child may have problems sleeping and need to urinate frequently
the behavior can regress to that of a younger age and
some children become oppositional and aggressive or depressed.
Children may also develop a spotty rash on the buttocks – possibly from streptococci overgrowing in the gut. A child will invariably swallow strep bacteria from a throat infection which can establish themselves through the gut into the colon, then exit the body through the stool, with a few bacteria spreading to the skin, causing pimples on the buttocks. The hallmark of the diagnosis though is the sudden onset of anxiety and obsessive behavior.
An integrated approach is recommended for this issue, with functional Naturopathic protocols supporting the body's recovery.