The MTHFR gene, also known as methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, is responsible for making an enzyme that plays a crucial role in a process called methylation. Methylation is important for many functions in the body, such as making DNA, producing neurotransmitters, and helping with detoxification. There are certain individuals who may have genetic variations in the MTHFR gene. These variations can potentially impact the functioning of the enzyme. These genetic variations are called MTHFR mutations.
MTHFR mutations can cause a decrease in enzyme activity, which can make it harder for the body to process certain nutrients like folate (vitamin B9). This can lead to higher levels of homocysteine in the blood. Various health issues have been linked to elevated levels of homocysteine.
Children with MTHFR mutations may experience a variety of symptoms, but it’s worth mentioning that not all children with these mutations will show symptoms, and the intensity of symptoms can differ. Children with MTHFR mutations may experience a range of common symptoms and health issues. These can include:
Some children who have MTHFR mutations might have delays in reaching developmental milestones. These delays could include things like delayed speech, motor skills, or cognitive development.
MTHFR mutations have been associated with a higher chance of developing conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other neurological or behavioral issues.
Some children may have an increased risk of cardiovascular problems due to elevated homocysteine levels caused by MTHFR mutations.
If a child has MTHFR mutations, it could affect their ability to process certain nutrients, which may result in digestive problems and nutrient deficiencies.
Fatigue and low energy
Children who have MTHFR mutations might feel tired, have low energy, and feel generally weak.
Mood and behavioral changes
Children who have MTHFR mutations may experience mood swings, anxiety, depression, or other changes in their behavior.
It’s worth mentioning that having MTHFR mutations doesn’t necessarily mean that a child will definitely experience these symptoms. Additionally, it’s important to understand that the presence of MTHFR mutations doesn’t always lead to health problems. In addition, it’s important to note that symptoms in children can also be affected by other factors such as genetics and the environment.
If parents think their child might have MTHFR mutations or are worried about any symptoms, it’s important to talk to a healthcare professional like a pediatrician or genetic specialist. They can evaluate the situation, do tests if needed, and give the right guidance.