Fragile X Syndrome Symptoms are physical, behavioral, mental and intellectual. The symptoms are prominent in males than females

​​​Fragile X syndrome is due to changes in the gene [(Fragile X Messenger Ribonucleoprotein 1 (FMR1)] that make a protein called (FMRP) – which is necessary for normal brain function and development. This is a genetically inherited condition that can pass from one generation to the next. This is the most commonly known inherited cause of intellectual disability in children. It runs in families and affects both males and females.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) occurs more frequently in children with Fragile X syndrome.

Children with this syndrome have some or most of the following symptoms:

  • Autism
  • Seizures
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Trouble making eye contact
  • Learning difficulties
  • Late Speaking, walking and toilet training

Fragile X Syndrome Symptoms

What Should you do if you notice Fragile X syndrome symptoms in your child?

If you notice that your child is not talking, walking, and sitting and have difficulties in learning new skills, then consult a pediatric neurologist. In addition, if the child has trouble focusing and paying attention, difficulty in making eye contact, speaking and acting without thinking, hyperactivity and anxiety, then see your child’s doctor.

What should you do if your child has been diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome?

Children who have been diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome have speaking and learning difficulties. Parents should ask their healthcare provider about comprehensive evaluation of their child and services that help improve their learning skills and development. Dr. Habib’s Foster CDC provides such services even for other slow learners and children who have not been diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome.

Talk to your child’s pediatric neurologist to get appropriate care and services for your child.

Contact Foster CDC to know the team that deal with Fragile X syndrome cases and support families of such children.


Special training and education and imparting special skills can help children with Fragile X syndrome to improve in their developmental and learning abilities. Special training modules and therapies can help teach walking, talking and interacting skills to children. To manage behavioral issues psychotherapies and medicines are given. Experts at Dr. Habib’s Foster CDC work collaborative in a multidisciplinary team. Each team member works closely with another to ensure the best support and training. Psychologists, pediatric neurologist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, teachers and family members work together.

Bottom Line

Fragile X syndrome symptoms looks similar to other neuron developmental disorders’ symptoms. Therefore, even if you notice mild symptoms, you should see a pediatric neurologist for a thorough examination and comprehensive evaluation of your child.