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Dr. Barton Cook
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
26 years in practice
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How often do babies with downs syndrome also have problems with vsd?

Dr. Barton Cook
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
26 years in practice
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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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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Is the simian crease present in all downs syndrome babies?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Is the simian crease present in all downs syndrome babies?

No: This is listed is present in about 45% of infants with ds but may be seen at least on one side in 5-7% of normal infants. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. William Singer
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
46 years in practice
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What can I do to help babies /kids with down syndrome?

Dr. William Singer
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
46 years in practice
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What can I do to help babies /kids with down syndrome?

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

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Dr. Sarah Cueva
Board Certified, Pediatrics
16 years in practice
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How do babies with prader willi syndrome develop over the first few months?

Dr. Sarah Cueva
Board Certified, Pediatrics
16 years in practice
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How do babies with prader willi syndrome develop over the first few months?

Low muscle tone: Babies with prader-willi typically have low muscle tone. Because of that, they can have poor feeding, poor weight gain, and delays reaching their motor milestones. The overeating which is characteristic of prader-willi doesn't begin until sometime after a year of age. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Thomas Riney
Board Certified, Pediatrics
32 years in practice
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Do babies with caudal regression syndrome survive long?

Dr. Thomas Riney
Board Certified, Pediatrics
32 years in practice
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Do babies with caudal regression syndrome survive long?

Depends: Usually not to long, but some mild cases have survived. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
Board Certified, Pediatrics
45 years in practice
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Do all Down syndrome babies have the simian crease?

Dr. Jay Park
Board Certified, Pediatrics
45 years in practice
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Do all Down syndrome babies have the simian crease?

No: Only 50-60 percent of children with down syndrome actually have simian creases. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Can extremely high sugar level in a male lead to (down syndrome) in his offspring. We are so scared of making babies.

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Can extremely high sugar level in a male lead to (down syndrome) in his offspring. We are so scared of making babies.

No: Males get a bit of a pass on the ds issue.You make millions of sperm that are constantly renewed and only the healthiest sperm swim well enough to conceive.Any weak ones wouldn't do the deed. Women present only one egg at a time and those show the accumulated effect of toxins an the like. You may benefit from talking with a genetic counselor to explore any risk issues. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Ohnmacht
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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My babies neck tissue measurement was high and they say he could have down syndrome. Can you explain this?

Dr. Richard Ohnmacht
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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My babies neck tissue measurement was high and they say he could have down syndrome. Can you explain this?

Need more info: Babies with down syndrome typically have short necks with extra tissue. Having this noted on ultrasound does not necessarily mean the baby has down syndrome, but other tests will be necessary to know this. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Diede
Board Certified, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
24 years in practice
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Can you tell me how many babies with harlequin fetus syndrome are born each year?

Dr. Scott Diede
Board Certified, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
24 years in practice
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Can you tell me how many babies with harlequin fetus syndrome are born each year?

Very rare...: Harlequin ichthyosis is a severe genetic disorder that mainly affects the skin. Infants with this condition are born with very hard, thick skin covering most of their bodies. Harlequin ichthyosis is very rare; its exact incidence is unknown. Mutations in the abca12 gene cause this disease. The abca12 gene provides instructions for making a protein that is essential for normal skin development. ...Read more

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Dr. John Hanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
30 years in practice
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Can an infant survive shaken baby syndrome?

Dr. John Hanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
30 years in practice
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Can an infant survive shaken baby syndrome?

Yes: Many fairly severe head injuries in children are recoverable. Current research suggests that the brain has remarkable ability to recover and is considered to be more and more "plastic" than we previously thought. ...Read more

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