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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

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

A genetic chromosome 21 disorder causing ...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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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.

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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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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Do babies with Down syndrome have swallowing problems in the womb?

Do babies with Down syndrome have swallowing problems in the womb?

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

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

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

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My friend just had a baby and he looks like he has down syndrome. How can you tell if a baby has down syndrome?

My friend just had a baby and he looks like he has down syndrome. How can you tell if a baby has down syndrome?

The pediatrician can: Order a Chromosomal Analysis or Chromosomal Microarray on the baby if physical & neurological exams reveal dysmorphic or unusual features characteristic of Down Syndrome or suggestive of another genetic abnormality. The parents need to present their concerns to the pediatrician. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my friend just had a baby and he looks like he has down syndrome. I know that sounds mean but how can you tell if the baby has down syndrome?

What do you suggest if my friend just had a baby and he looks like he has down syndrome. I know that sounds mean but how can you tell if the baby has down syndrome?

Genetic testing: Genetic testing can be done to determine certain types of Downs syndrome. There is also the physical findings A flattened face, especially the bridge of the nose
Almond-shaped eyes that slant up
A short neck
Small ears
A tongue that tends to stick out of the mouth
Tiny white spots on the iris (colored part) of the eye
Small hands and feet
A single line across the palm of the hand (palmar crease) ...Read more

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How to tell if a baby has down syndrome?

How to tell if a baby has down syndrome?

Before/after birth?: There are a variety of screening or confirmatory tests that can be done during pregnancy. After birth, many physical features are suggestive of the diagnosis, but the physician involved would order a chromosome test to confirm or exclude the issue. Over the years, some had signs so mild many would miss the diagnosis. Others looked so different I didn't believe it. ...Read more

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What are the odds of my baby having down syndrome?

What are the odds of my baby having down syndrome?

Variable: A thorough assessment of anyone's risks for pregnancy includes age, pre-pregnancy health ; medications, and an assessment of the genetic input from both parents. A 43 yo has ~1/30 risk of a trisomy 21 Down syndrome birth, added to a general 4% risk with any pregnancy for an unexpected event (cleft, premi, illness). A consultation with a genetic counselor could define your specific risks. ...Read more

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Can a Down syndrome baby be not retarded?

Can a Down syndrome baby be not retarded?

Range of intelligenc: Children with Down syndrom have a range of intelligence. Those at the higher end are usually at the low end of the average range and can be quite independent. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has down syndrome?

How can I tell if my baby has down syndrome?

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

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What are the signs of Down syndrome in a baby?

What are the signs of Down syndrome in a baby?

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

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What kind of condition is Down syndrome in a baby?

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

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Should I get my unborn baby checked for down syndrome?

Should I get my unborn baby checked for down syndrome?

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

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What is the typical life span of a baby with down syndrome?

What is the typical life span of a baby with down syndrome?

Average > 60 yrs: As long as the initial issues facing these infants are addressed as they would for normal kids (heart defects, abdominal defects, etc) they have a projected lifespan in excess of 60 years. ...Read more

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What is the typical life span of a baby with down syndrome?

What is the typical life span of a baby with down syndrome?

Average > 60 yrs: As long as the initial issues facing these infants are addressed as they would for normal kids (heart defects, abdominal defects, etc) they have a projected lifespan in excess of 60 years. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a woman having a baby with down syndrome?

What are the chances of a woman having a baby with down syndrome?

ACOG charts show the: Risk of having a fetus with a Trisomy 21, Down Syndrome at prenatal diagnosis vs. The risk of having a live-born infant with DS because ~ 25% are lost. If there is no family history or prior infant with DS, at age 42 at delivery, the risk is 1/63; risk at 16 weeks' gestation is 1/50 - 1/55. Risk of any chromosomal disorder at term is 1/42. If 43 at term, DS risk is 1/49; of any trisomy, 1/33. ...Read more

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How do we comfort a relative who just had a baby with down syndrome?

How do we comfort a relative who just had a baby with down syndrome?

Be supportive: Your best actions are the heartfelt ones. You can never know what they are feeling unless u went thru it yourself, but call or visit & offer your support in any way you can. If you avoid the issue & are otherwise close, it will hurt. Some ds kids I follow have a handful of problems & some have remarkably good health. ...Read more

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Can sonograms detect Down syndrome and other defects the baby can have?

Can sonograms detect Down syndrome and other defects the baby can have?

Yes: Sonogram of heart- called echocardiogram will, detect most cardiac anomalies associated with down's syndrome. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when two Down syndrome people have a baby?

Seldom happens: Most Down syndrome males are functionally sterile. Rare mosaic individuals have potential for fertility but data is not available for comprehensive review. Ds women enter puberty & childbearing at the usual time & can give birth. Data suggests less than 1/2 their offspring will be ds due to miscarriage of some ds embryos. Most are born prematurely and by c-section. ...Read more

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Is it compulsory to do an echo test if you know it's a Down syndrome baby?

No but recommended: Because many babies with down's syndrome also have cardiac or other anomalies, it is recommended to screen for those abnormalities in order to be prepared for the inherent problems at the time of delivery. ...Read more

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Is there any way you can lower the risk of having a baby with down syndrome?

Is there any way you can lower the risk of having a baby with down syndrome?

Increases with Age: Increasing age of mom increases the risk of down's syndrome. Otherwise no known way to change the outcome other than have babies at a younger age. ...Read more

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What are the best ways you can lower the risk of having a baby with down syndrome?

What are the best ways you can lower the risk of having a baby with down syndrome?

Conceive younger age: As females get older the likelihood they will have a child with trisomies, such as Down syndrome increases. So, the younger the egg cells the lower the risk for down syndrome.
There are tests that can be done during early pregnancy that would detect if fetus has down syndrome, and some couples choose to terminate pregnancy. ...Read more

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My baby's neck measurement was 5.3 mm and they say he might be have down syndrome? What to test next?

Screening vs direct: I'll assume your question is about a prenatal ultrasound finding. These tests are indirect ways to select out cases where a more direct or definitive test would be worthwhile. A prominent neck is suggestive but not definite. The more invasive test, an amniocentesis takes a sample of the fluid in the womb that would have baby cells. That could be tested for the ds chromosomes & know for sure. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 19 years old and I have been told that I have a 1 and 6 chance of my baby having down syndrome.?

What to do if I'm 19 years old and I have been told that I have a 1 and 6 chance of my baby having down syndrome.?

Hard to say: DS births can occur with mothers of any age. If your screening test that suggests it, you must decide what you will do with the information. You can get a more specific test that could confirm or exclude the finding. You might be better able to prepare for the birth if you knew. ...Read more

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I am 34 & just conceived. By the time I deliver, I will have turned 35. What are chances my baby will have down syndrome? Thank you!

Consult your doctor: The most common risk factor for Down syndrome is maternal age. As a woman gets older, her risk to have a pregnancy with a chromosome abnormality increases.
The risk for Down syndrome (trisomy 21) is of 1 in 500 at maternal age of 34 years.
Consult your ob-gyn for further recommendations. ...Read more

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Dr If FL is 1week2 days behind when comparing with BPD, AC, HC what are the chances of having down syndrome baby? I'm 25 years old. Really tensed : (

Dr If FL is 1week2 days behind when comparing with BPD, AC, HC what are the chances of having down syndrome baby? I'm 25 years old. Really tensed : (

Get the actual ans-: Wer. With a blood draw, you will know if your fetus is affected with Down syndrome in 3 to 6 days by fetal DNA analysis; 99.9% accurate, with an amnio or CVS for confirmation of a positive to eliminate the approximate 1 in 1000 false positive. This test has made all of the ultrasound screening for Down syndrome obsolete. ...Read more

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Can a women die if she has abortion at 5 months, what are affects of women? If the baby want to come out at 5 months, what Down syndrome baby have?

Can a women die if she has abortion at 5 months, what are affects of women? If the baby want to come out at 5 months, what Down syndrome baby have?

See below: There are risks with any procedures, but with this procedure the risk is very small. The major problem a woman has after an abortion are muscle cramps and some minor bleeding. At about the 5 months old the child becomes technically viable, that is to say it can survive in an isolate in the ICU with lots of support. A down's syndrome child has a genetic abnormality. Please ask your md these ques. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Why is my baby down syndrome?

Why is my baby down syndrome?

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

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Baby's Down syndrome test results are definite, right?

Baby's Down syndrome test results are definite, right?

Chromosome accurate: If you mean chromosomal analysis, the results will be definite. ...Read more

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Please tell me the characteristics of Down syndrome for a baby?

DEPENDS ON SEVERITY-: Poor muscle tone; flat face ; nasal bridge; upward slanted eyes w/epicanthic folds; low set ears; open mouth w/protruding tongue; short neck w/excessive skin on nape; short, broad hands; incurved 5th finger; transverse palmar crease; wide gap betn 1st ; 2nd toe; joint hyper flexibility; intellectual/ developmental delay w/mental retardation; congenital heart ; GI malformation, short stature etc. ...Read more