or missing fingers), poor muscle tone, and swallowing or breathing problems. Although a child with Moebius syndrome may crawl or walk later than other children, he or she eventually catches up.
Moebius syndrome does not get worse over time. Hand, foot, or jaw deformities, and crossed eyes, can be surgically treated. It is sometimes possible through surgery to counteract the facial paralysis by transferring nerves and muscles to the corners of the mouth.
A special feeding device or feeding tube may help the child get nourishment. Physical therapy can ease muscle problems, and occupational therapy can help the child learn how to wash and dress (especially for those with hand deformities). Speech therapy may help as well. A tracheotomy can ease severe breathing problems.
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