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How long do Down syndrome children live?

How long do Down syndrome children live?

Variable: They do die relatively young in the 20s and 30s but they thrive on love just the same as normal kids and their death is unpredictable. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

A genetic chromosome 21 disorder causing ...Read more


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How to train children with down syndrome?

How to train children with down syndrome?

For an assessment : of the child's developmental needs & toilet-training readiness, if < 3 yrs. old, call Pam Barton, Franklin County Help Me Grow Coordinator at (614) 227-9860. If 3-5 yrs. old, call Lynn Brannon, Director of Early Childhood Special Education at (614) 542-4106. At the same time, call (614) 355-8080 for an evaluation at the Down Syndrome Clinic, Nationwide Children's Hospital, (614) 355-8080. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of Down syndrome in children?

What are the characteristics of Down syndrome in children?

DS Phenotype: flattened face, upward-slanting eyes, skin folds at inner corners of eyes, transverse palmar crease, & more. Many have congenital anomalies of the heart, intestine, skeletal system & other organs, along with hearing loss, vision problems & certain blood & neurological disorders. Intellectual Disability is usually mild-moderate. Guidelines for medical & developmental care are well-established. ...Read more

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What are the chances that one of my children will have Down syndrome?

What are the chances that one of my children will have Down syndrome?

ACOG charts show the: risk of having a fetus with a Trisomy 21, Down Syndrome, at prenatal diagnosis vs. the risk of having a live-born infant with DS because ~ 25% are lost. If there is no family history or prior infant with DS, at age 42 at delivery,the risk is 1/63; risk at 16 weeks' gestation is 1/50 - 1/55. Risk of any chromosomal disorder at term is 1/42. If 43 at term, DS risk is 1/49; of any trisomy, 1/33. ...Read more

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Do you know of people with diseases such as Down syndrome that have children?

Do you know of people with diseases such as Down syndrome that have children?

Possibly ,but: Down syndrome females are capable of reproduction but most pregnancies have resulted from abuse, end prematurely & are often delivered c section. The defect can be passed on but some offspring are normal. ...Read more

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Can couple who both have mild Down syndrome be capable of raising children with help?

Can couple who both have mild Down syndrome be capable of raising children with help?

Doubt it would Hapn: While females with ds are capable of reproduction( with difficult pregnancies) males with few exceptions are not. For a male to be capable, i would expect him to be a partially affected mosaic ds & fertility would depend on the tissues of his body that has ds info. Having family support thru their lives is a great asset to anyone with ds or any impairment. ...Read more

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How come all Down syndrome children have the same facial features?

How come all Down syndrome children have the same facial features?

Chromosomes abnormal: Down syndrome is a disorder of trisomy (3) number 21 chromosomes. As a result the facial abnormality is shared by everyone with the same extra chromosome. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on the abortion of children diagnosed with down syndrome?

What's your opinion on the abortion of children diagnosed with down syndrome?

Individual decision: It is a decision that is made by the parents and one that should be made after receiving accurate and complete information. ...Read more

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Which careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children?

Which careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children?

Many: Teachers, speech , physical and occupational therapists as well as medical providers and psychologists are some of the career paths that would allow you to work with special needs children. If your goal is to work with these children you just need to decide in what capacity. Do you want to be hands on providing services or have more indirect role. The possibilities are endless. ...Read more

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What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

Lots: There are quite a few fields, including nutrition, childhood development, child and adolescent psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry (physicians) and developmental and behavioral health pediatrics (physicians), or general pediatrics (physicians). As to whether any of these jobs are fun . . . That's up to each individual. ...Read more

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Are children with Down syndrome clumsy?

Are children with Down syndrome clumsy?

Down syndrome: It is not at all uncommon to see clumsy behavior in children with down's syndrome. ...Read more

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Do all Down syndrome children have short stature?

Do all Down syndrome children have short stature?

Yes: Relative to the normal population. Suggest you go to CDC or magic foundation to obtain gender specific growth chart for your child. Watch his diet ! ...Read more

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My first child has a downsyndrome is it possible that my next future children will have down syndrome if i will get pregnant with the same guy?

Depends: Traditional 21 trisomy has a cited recurrence risk of 1%, regardless of the male. If the child has a variant form of DS caused by a translocation, the risk is much higher.This can all be worked out with a genetic counselor. ...Read more

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If you have 2 healthy children, does that lower your chances of having a child with Down syndrome or other birth defect?

If you have 2 healthy children, does that lower your chances of having a child with Down syndrome or other birth defect?

Rolling the dice: A woman can give birth to a ds infant at any age. The frequency varies with age @ 1/1500 from 15-29, 1/100 @40-45 and 1/50 over 45.There are some non specific screening tests available early in pregnancy to see if it is more likely, but examination of fetal cells for a chromosome count is the most accurate. ...Read more

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What doctor specializes in children with autism, Down syndrome (with special needs). ?

Developmental peds: A developmental pediatrician specializes in developmental and behavioral problems in children, including autism, Down Syndrome, ADD and some other issues. If you are looking for a developmental pediatrician in your area, you can ask your general pediatrician for a referral or you can look on the American Academy of Pediatrics website: www.aap.org. ...Read more

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What kind of education is best for a Down syndrome person?

What kind of education is best for a Down syndrome person?

Early Intervention : Improves development, especially in fine-motor, social & self-help skills. Early childhood special ed at 3, with iep's including long-term speech & language, occupational, physical & behavioral therapy. Visual organizers, schedules & written/pictorial instructions work well because of strengths in visual motor skills & weakness in verbal short-term memory. Balance inclusion & special ed classes. ...Read more

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How could a Down syndrome person lose weight?

How could a Down syndrome person lose weight?

Lose wt for Downs: The same approach to weight loss that is generally recommended also pertains to people with downs syndrome. Emphasize appropriately balanced meals, reduction in high calorie snacks and exercise. ...Read more

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How long does a Down syndrome person usually live? Is that a problem since parents are usually old?

How long does a Down syndrome person usually live? Is that a problem since parents are usually old?

6 decades +: Years ago the expected lifespan for ds kids was short, due to a combination of heart defects, increased vulnerability to infection & lack of aggressive management. Today the projected lifespan exceeds 6 decades.Ds is a prime example of the need for survivor assistance planning. Various ds support groups, the "arc", social workers all help families integrate public & private support. ...Read more