Finding Success in the Water, in Law and in Love

Lawrence Dillon read John Baker’s ectodermal dysplasia story and discovered they had similar journeys. The champion swimmer and attorney talks about how he, too, has successfully navigated a lifetime of “being different” by facing it head on.

Mom of Teenager Reflects on New Prenatal Treatment for XLHED

Parents can get stuck on the “what ifs” in life and if things could have turned out differently. Becky Abbott reminisces about her son, Aidan’s journey with ectodermal dysplasia and her angst and stress. She can’t help but wonder how it all could have been different had the Edelife clinical trial been an option when she was pregnant.

Best Practices for Treating Your Ectodermal Dysplasia Teeth

You have many different treatment options for teeth affected by ectodermal dysplasia. It can be overwhelming to know what’s the best thing to do for you or your child. Learn from our dental experts which treatments to consider to achieve an age-appropriate dentition.

Developing a Non-Invasive Way to Diagnose XLHED Prenatally

The NFED is funding research to help scientists develop a new way to diagnose XLHED prenatally. Because it’s non-invasive, it would not pose any risks for the pregnant mother. Learn about the procedure and how it would help mothers who are considering the EDELIFE clinical trial.

Choose Positivity and Live the Life You Want

When John was born in the 1950s with HED, he spent most of his toddler years indoors, on doctor’s advice. Then his family’s minister said something to his parents that changed his life forever. The retired U.S. Navy Federal Service employee looks back on growing up with HED and the philosophy that spurred his success. He also shares his best tips for dealing with the heat when you can’t sweat.

Find Out How Six Boys With XLHED Are Sweating Normally

Maarten and Linus were the first two boys treated before they were born with an investigational medicine for X-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. The boys are now 7 years old. The long-term results are incredibly positive! Read how they and the four other boys who were treated are doing.

I Learned Our Difference Makes Us One of a Kind

Lexie never wanted her friends to know she had ectodermal dysplasia. She desperately wanted to fit in and was willing to do anything to appear more like them. Now in her 20s, she shares how she overcame her shame and has embraced her uniqueness.