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Signs And Symptoms Of Down Syndrome In Babies
Down's syndrome: Delayed maturation of brain & body, result in small chin, oblique eye fissures with skin folds on inner corners of the eyes, flat nasal bridge, poor muscle tone, protruding tongue, flat face, short neck, lax joints, larger space between big toe & second toe, short fingers, short stature & bowed legs, obesity as they grow older. ...Read more
It is typically associated with a delay in cognitive ability (mental retardation, or mr) and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
The average iq of young adults with Down syndrome is around 50, whereas young adults without the condition typically have an iq of 100. ...Read more
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See: www. Nchi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001992/ for a full review.
Down syndrome results when a kid is born with too much chromosome material in his/her cells which confuses the system & results in anomalies & poor development. It cannot be fixed, but outcome can be improved with attention to associated problems. ...Read more
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
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
My babies neck tissue measurement was high and they say he could have down syndrome. Can you explain this?
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
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
How long can an infant with Down syndrome & eisenmenger live? The vsd is still very open. Are there effective treatments?
Depends: Trisomy 21 with a vsd and eisenmenger's has, unfortunately, a poor prognosis. The length of survival is variable and depends on the severity of the pulmonary hypertension as well as any other conditions. Treatments depend on those factors as well. Please discuss your child's specific prognosis with your cardiologist. ...Read more
No correct answer: Children with down's syndrome have certain features that are indicative while in utero. Weight is not one of them. In utero weight is dependent on so many factors including maternal factors that fetal weight cannot be used with any accuracy. In my experience, children with Down syndrome often weigh similar to their siblings in utero. ...Read more
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
Maternal serum: Screening at 10-14 weeks + fetal ultrasound (fus) at 11-14 weeks + maternal "quad" screen at 16 weeks detects ~ 95% of fetuses with Down syndrome with <5% false-positive rate. Increased size of the fluid-filled space at the nape of the neck & abnormalities of blood flow in the heart are signs on early fus. Diagnostic testing is chorionic villus sampling at 10-12 weeks or amnio at 15-18 weeks. ...Read more
Loose tone: The infant with Down syndrome will usual have loose tone, very flexible joints and be delayed in sitting and walking. They usually scoot rather than crawl. Their develop can improve rapidly with good directed play. They usually have problems chewing and swallowing with frequent coughing and chocking. But this will also improve with time. Speech is slow and difficult. ...Read more
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
If there is no sign of Down syndrome in my family, what are the chances I will have a child with downs?
My 3 mo'a right hand have 2 lines inside the hand. I have been searching N so afraid sign of baby have down syndrome. Is that possible? It's scare me
My 29 year old daughter was told on 3/5 the baby she was carrying had down syndrome. He was delivered on 3/9 at 33 weeks! Although there were signs early enough in the pregnancy like unsuaul water retention because the baby wasn't swallowing food due to a
I am so sorry to hear about this unfortunate situation. This is a question that needs to be posed to the lawyers here on avvo. Com. However, I must tell you that there are a lot of resources for parents that have children with down syndrome. Your daughter should meet with a social worker to get information on all the resources available to her and the baby.
All the best. ...Read more
Chromosome defect: Ds is one of the more common chromosome (c) defects that can survive pregnancy (many others miscarry).Eggs are supposed to have a single 21c & combine with the 21 from dads normal sperm.In ds the pair of moms 21c +dad's 21 creates a baby with the three 21c in all tissues. This extra material confuses the creation of body parts causing ds. Various prenatal tests can pick up signs early on. ...Read more
Physical and genetic: Down's syndrome is a genetic disorder having one too many of the 21 chromosome. Most are detected on the triple screen, followed by genetic testing on amniocentesis. However, there are physical signs to look for: a single palmar crease, very weak musculature, distinct facial features, and heart defects. There are other smaller signs. There will be developmental delay, and other health issues later. ...Read more
Chromosomal disorder: Down syndrome or trisomy 21 is a condition cause by an extra (usually maternal) chromosome #21. It cause a typical features (large tongue up slanting eyes sandal toe) as well as mental retardation. Other medical conditions such as leukemias and orthopedic conditions are also more common. Increased incidence is seen with older mothers. ...Read more
Prenatal Downs: Prenatal screening for congenital defects is a very personal decision. If knowing would be a factor in your decision to possibly terminate the pregnancy if positive, then testing would be suggested. There is a benefit to knowing if your baby is Down's prior to delivery. The facility you choose to deliver in should be equipped to handle a newborn with possible complications. ...Read more