The symptoms of AFM can get worse quickly, so your child will get treatment in a
hospital. While there, your child will be watched for any serious symptoms like
There is no specific treatment or medicine for AFM. Your child may get:
Supportive care. This may include medicine for pain or other treatments
to ease certain symptoms. If your child has trouble breathing, they may be given
oxygen or put on a ventilator to help them breathe.
Other treatments. In some cases, your child’s provider may advise
treatments such as steroids, intravenous immunoglobulin, or therapeutic plasma
exchange. But experts are still studying how well these treatments work.
Rehabilitation. Once your child is on the mend, your child’s healthcare
provider may advise physical and occupational therapy. This can help with muscle
weakness and movement problems.
Tendon or nerve transfer surgery. Some children who have serious muscle
weakness may benefit from this type of surgery. It involves moving healthy
nerves or tendons to places in the body where nerves or tendons have died.
Talk with your child’s providers about the risks, benefits, and possible side effects
of all treatments.