What You Need To Know About Dysautonomia & Heat Intolerance If Your Child Has Been Diagnosed With Mitrochondrial Disease

What You Need To Know About Dysautonomia & Heat Intolerance If Your Child Has Been Diagnosed With Mitrochondrial Disease

24 June 2016
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If you are the parent of a child who has been recently diagnosed with mitrochondrial disease, you probably have a ton of questions run through your mind each time your child has a complaint or new symptom. One thing you can be sure of is that many people with mitrochondrial disease often also have dysautonomia, which can bring on intolerance to heat. For this reason, it is crucial that you have adequate air conditioning in your home. Here's what you need to know about the relationship between mitrochondrial disease and dysautonomia, and how you can help your child tolerate heat and cold.

Mitrochondrial Disease

The autonomic nervous system is what controls all of the functions in the body, such as food digestion, breathing, blood pressure, and body temperature. Essentially, it controls everything in your body that doesn't require thought, which means it is essential to life. In mitrochondrial disease, the mitrochondria of the cells in the body is unable to generate enough cellular energy, which is essential for all of the cells, including the cells of the autonomic nervous system. Due to the inability for these cells to generate enough energy, the autonomic nervous system is unable to function properly, which is called dysautonomia.


As your child's doctor has probably already told you, the prognosis is variable. However, it's important to regulate your child's body temperature by providing a home that has a good air conditioning system. The reason for this is because an increase in their body temperature can cause a whirlwind of other symptoms to occur, such as a drop in blood pressure, an irregular heart rate, muscle pain, fatigue, and seizures, all of which could cause irreparable damage. 

Air Conditioning

Due to your child's medical needs for having an air conditioned home, your family may qualify for assistance from foundations and agencies that help pay for the installation, maintenance, and repairs of air conditioning systems. Home central air conditioning is ideal for your situation because it cools down the entire home and keeps the entire home at the same temperature. That way, your child won't need to be confined to any certain areas in the home.

Since your child's intolerance to heat can cause a rapid decline in their health, you'll want to ensure that your home's air conditioning system is always in good working condition by scheduling routine maintenance. Also, ask the technician who installs the system for an emergency contact number in case the central air conditioning system breaks down.

Contact a company like HomeSmart From Xcel Energy for more information.