PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
There's no sure way to prevent childhood schizophrenia. But evidence shows that some signs of schizophrenia may be present as early as infancy. Early identification and treatment may help get symptoms under control before serious complications develop. Avoiding treatment delays may help improve the long-term outlook. Early treatment is also crucial in helping limit psychotic episodes, which can be extremely frightening to a child and his or her parents.
Signs and symptoms during infancy or early childhood years that may warrant further evaluation include:
- Early language delays
- Early motor development delays
- School problems
Getting early treatment — and sticking with it — can help reduce or prevent worsening schizophrenia symptoms.
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