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Can A Man With Down Syndrome Get An Erection And Have Kids
Males R not fertile: While the Down syndrome female is fertile, the male is not. A few exceptions may be seen if a mosaic male (being normal in some cells & ds in others) has a normal cell line in his testis. But mosaics represent <2% of ds males. Whether or not they might become aroused or not is probably specific to the situation. These kids or adults are often the victim of abuse in many forms. ...Read more
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?
At 37, I had two miscarriages for my second child. Does it mean if I get pregnant again my child will have down syndrome?
If your are infected with chlamydia, can that cause birth defects in the child? Even if I get treatment to cure it. Could it cause down syndrome?
Only if untreated.: Chlamydia infection is of no risk to the fetus if treated properly (that includes your sexual partner). It has nothing to do with down syndrome. If left untreated or undiagnosed or recurrent at the time of delivery then ophthalmia neonatorum with trachoma can develop with severe consequences for the infant's eyesight. That's why Erythromycin ointment is applied to all newborns' eyes prophylactical. ...Read more
Many criteria: 1. Epicanthic folds give the superficial impression of mongoloid appearance. 2. A staight across palmar crease like that of an ape so it is called a symian crease.3. Obvious developmental delay.4.Often a tongue that seems to be too big for mouth. ...Read more
Early Intervention: Programs for infants with DS accelerate attainment of motor, communication, self-help/adaptive & cognitive skills through OT, PT, cognitive, behavioral & Speech/Language Therapy from 0-3, then Early Childhood Special Education beginning at age 3 + individual therapies, if possible. Ask teachers & therapists what skills your child has mastered, what he's ready to do next & how to motivate him. ...Read more
Let them lead: A great way to be friends with kids with any disabling condition is to let them be the leader. SO much of their lives are spent with people telling them do this or that, or don't do this or that. Let them pick what to do, even if it's not one of your favorite things, and then do it with joy with them. Keep things simple. They also love tactile communication, so lots of hugs and high fives! ...Read more
Prenatal Downs: Prenatal screening for congenital defects is a very personal decision. If knowing would be a factor in your decision to possibly terminate the pregnancy if positive, then testing would be suggested. There is a benefit to knowing if your baby is Down's prior to delivery. The facility you choose to deliver in should be equipped to handle a newborn with possible complications. ...Read more
Help for Downs: There are services such as early intervention to assist children under 3 years of age. Special services are school responsibility after that. There are Down syndrome support groups which can be very supportive. Many medical centers have Down syndrome clinics to provide comprehensive care. My grandson has down syndrome. His parents find these services to be very helpful. ...Read more
Several possible: The features of Down syndrome are dependent on the addition of one extra segment of a 21 chromosome which is more likely as women age. You can get this several ways. The traditional DS (~95%) has 3 copies of a 21 chromosome. About 4% have the specific extra 21 piece stuck on a regular chromosome (trans-location).About 1% have a mosaic of some normal and some 21 trisomy in variable amounts. ...Read more
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
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
No: Down syndrome is an abnormality of chromosome numbers, not a trait or mutation in the gene code. During conception only one of chromosome of each pair is given by both parents to the fertile egg. If a parent adds their 2 nbr 21chm to the other parents nbr 21, 3 end up in the egg & the excess 21 causes the all the problems. Mothers of any age can have one, but it is more common over the age of 40. ...Read more
Difficult # to find: The biggest influence on the decline of Down syndrome births in the last 4 decades has been the introduction of oral contraceptives & or decision to undergo permanent sterilization. Many centers do not keep or record the reasons for the procedure. Some centers consider invasive sampling such as amniocentesis only if couples are likely to terminate even if screening tests were suggestive of ds. ...Read more
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
What do you suggest if my son, down syndrome (karyotype a 47, xy, +21), hearing impared child is 22years old.?
Not sure what the question is. There are numerous adult residential facilities and support programs available.
Here is a place to start:
http://www. Ndss. Org ...Read more
If I have some of the physical signs of Down syndrome like a simian crease but don't have down syndrome, am I more likely to have a child with downs?
No: Some of the features seen in Down syndrome persons are also seen in other hereditary disorders, and some features are seen in normal people. A normal person can have a single horizontal palmar crease (simian crease), but his simian crease is just a trait he has, and has nothing to do with down syndrome. A normal person with a simian crease is not more likely to have a Down syndrome baby. ...Read more
Confusing question: DS is a condition where the cells in the body have an extra chromosome (CS) which interferes with how each cell works. A minor % of DS cases have some normal cells but the chromosomes act as each cells computer. Only something that cancelled out just the extra CS could fix the problem and that is beyond the scope of present scientific capabilities. ...Read more
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
Lifelong: Downs syndrome is a genetic condition caused by 3 copies of chromosome 21. Being a genetic condition, downs syndrome is a permanent condition. Many of the associated complications with downs syndrome can be fixed or managed with early intervention. ...Read more
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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