Coping and supportBy Mayo Clinic staff
With treatment and support, men with Klinefelter syndrome can expect to lead a normal life. The condition may cause minor symptoms that are hardly noticeable. Educational and social support can make a positive difference.
Boys with Klinefelter syndrome
To help your son cope with Klinefelter syndrome and promote healthy mental, physical, emotional and social development:
- Monitor your son's development carefully and seek help for problems you notice, such as trouble with speech or language.
- Encourage participation in sports and physical activities that will help build muscle strength and motor skills.
- Encourage your son to be independent. Be supportive but not overly protective, and provide a home environment with lots of positive feedback and encouragement.
- Cooperate closely with your son's school. Teachers, school counselors and administrators who understand your son's needs can make a big difference.
- Learn what support is available, such as special education services.
- Connect with other parents. Klinefelter syndrome is a common condition, and you — and your son — aren't alone. A number of Internet resources and support groups may help answer your questions and ease concerns.
Men with Klinefelter syndrome
Men with Klinefelter syndrome can benefit from several self-care measures:
- Work closely with your doctor. Appropriate treatment can help you maintain your physical and mental health and prevent problems later in life, such as osteoporosis.
- Investigate your options for planning a family. You and your partner may want to talk to a doctor or other health professional about your options.
- Talk with others who have the condition. There are a number of resources that provide information about Klinefelter syndrome and perspectives of other men and their partners who cope with the condition. Many men find it also helpful to join a support group.
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