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Are there alternative therapies for the health issues of someone with down syndrome?

Are there alternative therapies for the health issues of someone with down syndrome?

Question confusing: The management of ds patients includes a variety of therapies designed to maxamize outcome.Surgical repair of defects, monitoring for associated illnesses, hormones if deficient & good nutrition are all standard. Any therapy with measurable results is worth trying. Worth considering;if stong enough to benefit it may also hurt.Beware of anyone who says the drs want to hide their "benificial rx.". ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

Down syndrome is the classic presentation clinically of the congenital malformation syndrome also known as Trisomy 21. Classic features may include simian creases, epicanthal folds, upslanting palpebral fissures, flat nasal bridge, hypertelorism, low set ears, endocardial cushion defects of the heart, atlanto-axial joint instability, blood ...Read more


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What are the costs of Down syndrome therapy?

What are the costs of Down syndrome therapy?

Public Law IDEA: Mandates that every child in the usa receive a free & appropriate education, provided by each state's early intervention program from birth-3 & public schools 3-22. Medical costs vary depending on medical issues seen in kids with down syndrome, all of which should be covered by private insurance. Ssi & medicaid funding are family-income based; the katie beckett program is not. See://www.Ndss.Org/. ...Read more

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Friend's 3yo has down syndrome. Doesn't eat most foods, only pasta. Will he outgrow this? Would therapy help him gain better control of his tongue?

Friend's 3yo has down syndrome. Doesn't eat most foods, only pasta. Will he outgrow this? Would therapy help him gain better control of his tongue?

Yes: Occupational therapists as well as speech therapists can help children with textural issues and oral-motor control problems. Both therapists should be involved with children with down syndrome starting in early infancy. A nutritionist with experience in pediatrics would be highly recommended in this particular child in addition to the others to help mom plan a balanced diet. ...Read more

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Can there be some treatment for down syndrome?

See below: Down's syndrome is not a curable disease. Instead it is a genetic malformation that produces the effects you can see, what we can do is help the child as it grows. ...Read more

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Is it ever possible to get treatment for down syndrome?

Is it ever possible to get treatment for down syndrome?

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

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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?

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

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Can physical and speech therapy help with guillain-barre syndrome?

Can physical and speech therapy help with guillain-barre syndrome?

Speech therapy & GBS: Speech therapy can be very helpful to improve speech and promote safe swallowing in patients who have significant weakness of the tongue, palate and throat, or who have had a tracheostomy. Physical therapy can also be very helpful to attempt to minimize physical function deficits and prevent muscle wasting and joint contractures. ...Read more

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Do children with downs need speech therapy for tongue placement and eating?

Do children with downs need speech therapy for tongue placement and eating?

Often: Downs syndrome babies can have feeding problems and speech problems and often will require help and/or therapy. ...Read more

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How does Down syndrome affect your speech development?

Delayed speech: Children with Down syndrome usually exhibit delayed speech development. They should receive at least the same speech stimulation at home and receive early intervention services including speech stimulation therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Suresh Gupta
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Speech Therapy (Definition)

Whenever there is a concern about a baby not meeting developmental milestones, it's wise to have a conversation with a healthcare provider to discuss what is happening, why, and what, if ...Read more