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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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Dr. Walter Husar
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My friend has a son with Down syndrome and a newborn. How should she explain it to the younger one when he is old enough?

My friend has a son with Down syndrome and a newborn. How should she explain it to the younger one when he is old enough?

Honestly: Children are amazing and intuitive and pick up differences long before you are aware they have. Simple and honest explanations work best. Answer the question the child asks...Understand it at his/her level and then you will know what to say. It won't be hard. I have several families in your situation and the siblings get it. They are ind and protective and see the beauty of their sibling. ...Read more

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How accurate are blood tests for Down syndrome on a newborn?

How accurate are blood tests for Down syndrome on a newborn?

Very: An analysis of the cellular chromosome complement is diagnostic but the clinical appearance is typical. ...Read more

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My newborn cousin is diagnosed with down syndrome. How to ensure it and is there any effective treatment.

My newborn cousin is diagnosed with down syndrome. How to ensure it and is there any effective treatment.

Tips: This is a genetic disorder. It's not treated, but it is managed. Best information will be provided by pediatrician. Go to https://www.Ndss.Org/down-syndrome/what-is-down-syndrome/ also many children with down syndrome have underbite because of small upper jaw. Make sure to see orthodontist at age 7 who can expand upper jaw to match lower jaw, eliminating the underbite. ...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.

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

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What can I do to help babies /kids with down syndrome?

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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Down Syndrome (Definition)

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