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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. 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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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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How long can an infant with Down syndrome & eisenmenger live? The vsd is still very open. Are there effective treatments?

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

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more