Which Rare Diseases Affect Children?
From Mary Kugler, R.N., former About.com Guide
Children can be born with heart defects (called congenital heart disease). They can also develop heart problems due to a genetic syndrome or an illness (called acquired heart disease).
Bone and Muscle Diseases
These rare diseases affect children's bones and/or muscles.
The body makes and breaks down chemical compounds all day. Sometimes there is an important ingredient missing from a chemical recipe in the body. When this happens, substances build up to toxic levels. This is what happens in storage diseases.
Digestive System Diseases
There are many types of birth defects and diseases that can occur in children's digestive systems.