Jul 2, 2012

To Botox or Not?

I've been thinking about Botox a lot these days. Everyone has a different association with Botox, for some it's a reminder that they don't have to grow old gracefully. But I'm not really worried about my fine lines and wrinkles (yet) I'm debating on the benefits of giving my son Botox.

Most people don't know this, but Botox is used in children with CP.  Botox has been used in cerebral palsy to stem muscle over activity, but also has dryness of the mouth as a side effect. This side effect has proven to be somewhat successful in treating drooling in children and adults with CP. 

His shirts always look like this from the drool

Mark drools all the time. At 2 1/2 his shirts look like a 6 month old's shirt. And his cheeks, chin, and chest gets very red and irritated. We put cream on him every day and his skin still dries out from all the drool. So we need to do something about it. Early results show a 70% improvement in excessive drooling and cerebral palsy.

70%!  That sounds pretty good huh?

Except it's a toxin.

Being injected into my two year old.

Now we could go with drug therapy, but the possible side effects make Botox look pretty good. I'll pass on medications that can cause poor muscle tone, seizures, and general body discomfort just to name a few. PASS on side effects that mimic his CP's side effects.

I keep hoping that he'll learn how to swallow his salvia and this decision will not have to be made. Of course I've thought this for over a year now so.....

So what to do? I know some of my readers have kids with CP too. Have you done Botox? Why did you decide to go with it or not?

*****Update*******
We didn't go with Botox treatment since it's seemed to risky to me. Now there are lawsuits being filed due to the side effects and I'm glad I went with my gut and didn't do it. He still drools although it's getting better with OT.

3 comments:

  1. hun it going to up to your hubby and if you want your son to be able to do things with his sisters why not try it and is it covered d by your medical talk to the doc and see what they thinks and then check it out more

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  2. My daughter has had good results from botox into her legs. She had her second round last week. Like you I put it off for a year because I had reservations. Her doctor uses a light sedative because the injections can be painful. But afterwords she doesn't seem to hurt at all. Botoc treatment can only be used for a limited amount of time because the body becomes immune to it.
    I wrote about it on my blog abilitybeyondmeasure.blogspot.com

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  3. Such a tough decision. I'm so sorry that you are faced with this. In time you and your hubby will decide what is right for your family.

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