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Why does the risk of having a Down syndrome baby increase for women over 35 years of age?

Why does the risk of having a Down syndrome baby increase for women over 35 years of age?

Aging: There is a risk for a baby with down syndrome at all ages, not just in women over 35. The risk gradually increases with age. It has to do with how the egg and sperm half the chromosomes so the next generation has the same number of chromosomes as the parents. ...Read more

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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If I am 23yo, why would my doctor tell me I have a high risk of having a Down syndrome baby?

If I am 23yo, why would my doctor tell me I have a high risk of having a Down syndrome baby?

Down's syndrome: Women at risk are usually much older than you. Ask your doctor if there is an indication of a chromosomal abnormality, such as having an extra piece of a 21 chromosome attached to another chromosome or a family history of young women in your family giving birth to children with down syndrome. Your doctor should be able to explain why he feels your are at risk. ...Read more

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I am 24, and my tests indicate i'm at high risk having a Down syndrome baby. Should I have the amniocentesis?

I am 24, and my tests indicate i'm at high risk having a Down syndrome baby.  Should I have the amniocentesis?

Depends: Anyone is at risk for a baby with down syndrome. If testing shows that you are at high risk, the risks of having a baby with down synedrome are higher than the risk of pregnancy loss. The loss with amniocentesis is only 1 in 1600 in experienced hands. The only way to know whether your baby is affected or not is to have an amniocentesis. ...Read more

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What are signs of Down syndrome in an infant?

What are signs of Down syndrome in an infant?

Complex issue: Children with downs syndrome can be seriously ill at birth. They may have heart disease, bowel obstruction, serious lung disease, blood sugar problems. If these are not present, they may be healthy but hypotonic with trouble feeding. Usually they have obvious features of their face and ears and hands that suggest the diagnosis. Chromosome testing will confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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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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My babies neck tissue measurement was high and they say he could have down syndrome. Can you explain this?

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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Can extremely high sugar level in a male lead to (down syndrome) in his offspring. We are so scared of making babies.

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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Do Down syndrome babies grow at a smaller rate in womb?

Do Down syndrome babies grow at a smaller rate in womb?

No: They tend to grow at a pretty normal rate prior to birth. Deficiencies in linear growth will eventually occcur in the average ds kid as they grow older. However, some maintain a relatively normal rate of growth, dependingg on other factors affecting their health. ...Read more