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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

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

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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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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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Do babies with Down syndrome have swallowing problems in the womb?

Do babies with Down syndrome have swallowing problems in the womb?

Not specifically: Ds infants can have any of the sporadic issues that affect non ds infants, like esophageal atresia, where the swallowing tube is not hooked up, or urinary tract defects, both of which can lead to poor amniotic fluid production. ...Read more

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Can you prevent your child from being born with down syndrome?

Can you prevent your child from being born with down syndrome?

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

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How can you inherit down syndrome?

How can you inherit down syndrome?

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 more

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Can someone carry the gene for Down syndrome but not have downs?

Can someone carry the gene for Down syndrome but not have downs?

Not the usual form: The material that causes ds is not carried on genes like eye color or blood type. The features that define ds are present when an extra piece of the 21 chromosome ends up in a baby.That can happen if a whole extra 21 (95%) is present or just the extra piece. Rare. ...Read more

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Can someone with Jacobsen syndrome have children?

Can someone with Jacobsen syndrome have children?

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

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Can your toddler have noonan's syndrome with the sos1 mutation?

Can your toddler have noonan's syndrome with the sos1 mutation?

Noonan's syndrome: Ten to 15 percent of childre n with Noonan's Syndrome carry the SOS1 mutation ...Read more

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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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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?

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

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How often do babies with downs syndrome also have problems with vsd?

How often do babies with downs syndrome also have problems with vsd?

50%: About half of babies with down syndrome will have congenital heart disease. The majority will have atrioventricular septal defect, aka av canal or endocardial cushion defect. ...Read more

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Can you please lay out the life expectancy for people who have down syndrome?

Average > 60 yrs: As long as the initial issues facing these infants are addressed as they would for normal kids (heart defects, abdominal defects, etc) they have a projected lifespan in excess of 60 years. ...Read more

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Why do people with Down syndrome tend to be overweight?

Why do people with Down syndrome  tend to be overweight?

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 more

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Approximately how many people are diagnosed with Down syndrome in a year?

Approximately how many people are diagnosed with Down syndrome in a year?

1 in 700: Approximately 1 in 700 births is affected with downs syndrome. This incidence increases with advancing maternal age. ...Read more

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Do people with Down syndrome always have the physical characteristics?

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 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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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