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Floppy Kid Syndrome (FKS)
by Gary Pfalzbot
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Floppy Kid Syndrome, also known by the acronym of FKS, is a condition that occurs within 3 to 10 days after birth to young kids and is characterized by profound muscle weakness and a kid that is reluctant to nurse. FKS can often be fatal if not detected and treated early. Such treatment includes the oral administration of sodium bicarbonate and/or the tube feeding of milk. More severe cases need to be treated with isotonic intravenous 1.3% sodium bicarbonate solution. Dramatic clinical improvement is noted after administration of intravenous fluids. There appears to be no association found between the treatment with a variety of antibiotics or vitamin / mineral supplements and clinical response. FKS is often confused with a weak kid at birth syndrome - one should note that FKS appears at least 3 days after birth and not necessarily at birth.

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