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Signs Of Down Syndrome In The 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
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
Going on 28weeks pregnant still not really feeling movement does this mean Down syndrome ? Baby with down syndrome does it move less in womb ?
Not characteristic: Down syndrome fetuses usually kick just fine. You should see a perinatologist for a targeted ultrasound, if your dates are correct. perhaps you are not as far along as you thought? Have you had obstetric care? Lack of movement at 28 weeks suggests either lack for amniotic fluid prohibiting fetal movement, or a neuromuscular or other condition preventing the fetus from kicking. ...Read more
Yes.: Checking limb length on ultrasound can be one of the ways to screen for downs syndrome. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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