By Mayo Clinic Staff
Lifestyle and home remedies
Respiratory infections may become a problem in later stages of muscular dystrophy. It’s important to be vaccinated for pneumonia and to keep up to date with influenza shots.
Dietary changes haven’t been shown to slow the progression of muscular dystrophy. But proper nutrition is essential because limited mobility can contribute to obesity, dehydration and constipation. A high-fiber, high-protein, low-calorie diet may help.
Coping and support
A diagnosis of muscular dystrophy can be extremely challenging. To help you cope:
•Find someone to talk with. You may feel comfortable discussing your feelings with a friend or family member, or you might prefer meeting with a formal support group.
•Learn to discuss your child’s condition. If your child has muscular dystrophy, ask your doctor about the most appropriate ways to discuss this progressive condition with your child.