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Your child will probably need to be admitted to the hospital so doctors can watch for complications and help him or her recover.
Guillain-Barré syndrome is very treatable, and most of children recover fully or with only mild long-term weakness. Most children can go home from the hospital within a week.
Guillain-Barré syndrome is usually treated with immune system treatments, which help your child's immune system go back to working normally. There are two types:
Depending on your child’s particular condition, he or she may need other tests or treatments while in the hospital.
Some children recovering from Guillain-Barré need physical or occupational therapy after leaving the hospital to help regain muscle strength in their arms and legs.
At Boston Children’s Hospital, specialists in our Neuromuscular Center are experienced diagnosing and treating children of all ages with Guillain-Barré syndrome. Our program brings together pediatric specialists from neurology and other fields to provide comprehensive care for our patients.
We also provide follow-up outpatient care for children recovering from Guillain-Barré — either in the Boston Children's Physical Therapy Department or Occupational Therapy Department.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”