TREATMENTS

Is there a cure?

There is no cure for GRIN2B syndrome, but therapy, nutritional support and medications can help manage symptoms, prevent complications and improve quality of life.

The information in this section was gathered by parents who completed a survey asking them what types of treatments their children had received.  Not every child with a GRIN2B variant will need/benefit from each of the therapies/treatments below.  Please consult with your child’s medical team to determine your child’s needs. If you would like to know specific information on how some of our children are responding to any of these treatments, please contact us at info@grin2b.com or ask a question in the private Facebook group.

Specialist IconSPECIALISTS

  • Geneticist: Diagnoses and manages hereditary disorders.
  • Neurologist: Treats nervous system disorders.
  • Orthopedic Specialist: Monitors musculoskeletal system and assists with equipment recommendations.
  • Speech therapist: Specializes in development of oral motor skills and communication.
  • Occupational Therapist: Improves daily living and work skills of patients.
  • Developmental Therapist: focuses on integration of cognitive skills, language and communication, social-emotional skills and behavior, gross and fine motor skills, and self-help skills.
  • Vision Therapist: Adapts learning environments to accommodate perceptual-cognitive deficiencies
  • Physical Therapist: Works to improve muscle strength and function through physical movements, exercise, and stretching.
  • Nutritionist: Specializes in food and diet recommendations and provides guidance on digestive complications.

Therapy IconTHERAPY

Dietary and Supplements

  • Nutritional support
  • Ketogenic diet (for those with seizures)
  • Gluten free diet
  • Dairy free diet
  • Acupuncture
  • Fish oil supplements
  • Essential Oils
  • Hemp Oil (Several children are specifically using Haileigh’s Hope)

Medication IconMEDICATION

The parents who completed our survey told us their children have previously or are currently taking medication to help regulate seizures, reflux, digestive issues, ADHD, sleep and/or anxiety. Please consult with your child’s doctor if you are interested in starting any of the below-mentioned medications for your child.  Remember, we are not medical professionals.  We are parents sharing information on what has worked for our children.

The following two medicines are commonly discussed in our Facebook group:

  • Memantine – Memantine is an antagonist of NMDA receptors. This drug is normally used in Alzheimer’s patients, but is being re-purposed for use on GRIN2B patients. Memantine should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed. For information about possible upcoming clinical trials, head over to News.

Equipment IconEQUIPMENT

GRIN2B Foundation is not endorsed by any of the branded products listed below. The information in this section is intended to provide general information and to educate readers about what types of special needs products are available.  Please do your own careful research before purchasing any of these products.