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Can Down Syndrome Have Children
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
Yes: It does occur, but often unrecognized.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any pregnancy @ risk: There is a risk of unexpected outcome with any pregnancy of at least 4%.(premi, cleft, chromosome defect) ds risk is present with any pregnancy. Those who want can have the chromosome makeup of the fetus tested during pregnancy. The procedures have risk & should only be used when considering termination.The lowest statistical risk occurs with pregnancy in the early 20's. ...Read more
Depends on parents: An unaffected mother or father could have a balanced(normal) set of chromasome material where a piece of one 21 chromasome is stuck on another.If the egg or sperm had the normal 21 and an extra 21piece hidden on another chromasome, they could pass it to the baby. It only takes an extra piece of 21 to cause ds.It is important to study ds to verify type, as translocation ds can recur each pregnany. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe: This is a complicated condition and many children will have developmental/intellectual delays. Best if you make an appointment with a Genetic Specialist who can guide you through the diagnosis and possible outcomes. Here's an article that you may find helpful. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/jacobsen-syndrome ...Read more
Noonan's syndrome: Ten to 15 percent of childre n with Noonan's Syndrome carry the SOS1 mutation ...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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Overfeeding: Our culture often places emphasis on food as rewards or as a sign of love. Sadly, the down syndrome kid is vulnerable to a lifetime of joint problems, scoliosis& other issues aggravated by being over weight. It is critical in these kids to limit their diet to healthy foods & avoid the trap of feeling sorry for them ( thus giving them food for comfort).These kids can be nl wt if u let them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1 in 700: Approximately 1 in 700 births is affected with downs syndrome. This incidence increases with advancing maternal age. ...Read more
Always is a big word: I have encountered some with very mild features & one that had the features of a dwarf & none recognizable as DS.Since every cell of their body has the same extra chromosome, certain organs/areas tend to have the same problems. Their facial features/hands/feet are similar.Their heart often has a defect,but not always the same one. They share similarities but there is variation within this group. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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