Childhood Years

The most common sign of AGU is the lack or delay of speech. In addition, other signs and symptoms that become apparent in AGU children throughout the elementary school-age years include:

  • Speech delay: support needed for missing words or letters
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Inability to learn shapes or trace figures
  • Inability to follow simple directions and trouble managing daily tasks
  • Thickening of facial features: widely-spaced eyes, small ears, full lips, large tongue, broad nose
  • Upper respiratory infections, specifically ear infections
  • Hernias around the belly button or in the groin area
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhea or constipation
  • Orthopedic challenges, which may require surgery, including rolling instep, toe walking, knock knees, or spastic running