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How Do People Get Down Syndrome
Aspirin & virus infx: Reyes generally occurs in children between 4 and 14 years old. It has been linked to the use of Aspirin or aspirin-containing medicines used during a viral infection (i.e., chickenpox; flu, etc.). It is not well understood but can be fatal. We see less of it since doctors have started advising against giving Aspirin to kids and teens, especially during virus infections. ...Read more
Chronic Pain: Chronic or persistent pain lasts 6 mos. Past the point of normal healing. Most people get into trouble when they continue to use methods appropriate for acute pain to treat chronic pain. Depression, pain, social isolation, poor social support, pain catastrophizing, sleep problems, chronic opiate use, and a strong somatic focus can all combine to make it difficult to cope with chronic pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's not: Patau syndrome arises from a non-disjunction event prevents the 18 chromosome from dividing its pair & sends 2, not one to the egg. At conception the sperm brings along another 18 & there ends up being 3. The presence of the extra 18 causes the developing fetus to misread the genetic instructions and many defects occur. ...Read more
See below: Look for any change of personality, memory loss and loss of functional activity such as bathing, dressing. The new onset of dementia varies by age. For down's syndrome, it is best diagnose by looking at the clinical symptoms - behaviorally, functionally and cognitively - almost same way as someone diagnosis for alzheimer's disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Deadly process: First noted in the 60'sand peaking in the 70's, this is a pattern of acute liver failure,coma and often death. It often struck kids recovering from flu or chickenpox. Its cause is unclear, but an association with intake of any aspirin product was recognized.After salicylates were stopped for kids under 16, the condition has all but disappeared. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Autosomal recessve: genetic disorder; both parents are carriers of a rare mutation, causing the syndrome in about 1:200,000 children. The two forms prevent cellular "housecleaning" of long sugar molecules normally broken down in our cells, resulting in damage to various organs, particularly bone, stunting growth and deforming facies. Intelligence is normal. see http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001 ...Read more
Virus: Roseola is a viral infection that causes a rash and fever. It is common in infants and children. The most common virus is human herpesvirus 6, but other viruses can cause the same clinical picture. Not the same herpes virus that causes painful genital blisters. It is spread from contact with respiratory secretions (ie saliva) of an infected person (usually before symptoms even show it is spread). ...Read more
Not necessarily: Always is a rather broad term and a hard standard to fit.The down syndrome pattern usually involves a broadening and flattening of the midface and the nose does not grow forward as much as that in the non down population. The skull also tends to be more box like than oblong. ...Read more
Relaxation: Relaxation exercises, moderate exercise, tylenol, (acetaminophen) warm baths and massage have all been recommended for helping with restless leg syndrome. Sometimes it may be caused by iron deficiency, therefore, correcting the deficiency may also help with the symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, see below: People with down's syndrome (trisomy 21) have genetically impaired intellectual function, i.e., low iq, and are also at greater risk to develop alzheimers type dementia, including at younger ages than others. Dementia is not the same as low iq, it's primarily a memory problem. Worsening memory in an adult with trisomy 21 can be evaluated with psychological testing. ...Read more
Currently diagnosed with aspergers syndrome. What can I do to minimize it so people don't get mad at me?
Work with therapist: If the diagnosis is accurate, you have some degree of difficulty understanding that other people may have a different point of view or a different emotional reaction than yours to a given event. Self-education & insight are important. Social skills group therapy is key; you'll learn to shorten your answers, give others a turn to speak, & practice what to say in some situations. O.A.S.I.S. Website. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diet and IBS: Dietary triggers for ibs symptoms are individualized, & it's worthwhile keeping a food diary to see if correlates with certain foods. In general, GI stimulants (caffeine) & dietary fats often precipitate ibs-like complaints. About a third of ibs patients tolerate poorly dietary fiber sources. Peppermint is well studied as a smooth muscle relaxer of gut. Low FOD-MAP diet may help. Reduce stressors. ...Read more
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