signs of down syndrome in the womb

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Dr. Audrey Rogers answered:

Babys in womb with down syndrome have short limbs?

Yes.

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Checking limb length on ultrasound can be one of the ways to screen for Downs Syndrome.
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Do down syndrome babies grow at a smaller rate in womb?

No

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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.
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Baby inside womb with a down syndrome, does it move a lot?

Same as others

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The Down syndrome fetus has the same pattern of fetal movements as any normal fetus.
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Do babies with down syndrome have swallowing problems in the womb?

Not specifically

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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.
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Dr. Maulik Shah answered:

Do babies with down syndrome usually weigh more or less in the womb?

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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
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Dr. William Goldie answered:

what are signs of down syndrome in an infant?

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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.
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Dr. William Goldie answered:

what are the signs of down syndrome in a baby?

Loose tone

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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.
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If there is no sign of down syndrome in my family, what are the chances I will have a child with downs?

Maternal age

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it depends on maternal age http://www.ds-health.com/risk.htm
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

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

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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.
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what is the risk of down syndrome in a 50 year old woman?

1/12

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Data from a New York state study put the risk at 1 in 12 for age 49. I found no later estimates.
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