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What kind of condition is Down syndrome in a baby?

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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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

Down syndrome is a genetic condition in which there is an extra chromosome present. Symptoms may range from mild to severe. Children with Down syndrome share a common physical appearance including a flattened nose, small ears, a small mouth, upward slanting eyes, and a single crease in the ...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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If someone in your family has down syndrome, is there a larger risk that your baby will have down syndrome?

If someone in your family has down syndrome, is there a larger risk that your baby will have down syndrome?

Slight risk: Most down syndrome is sporadic. A few patients with down syndrome have the extra 21 chromosome translocated on to another chromosome. In some of these cases the parents can carry the translocated chromosome in a balanced form and they and other family members could be at increased risk to have children with the syndrome. ...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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My sister has a two yrs old Down syndrome boy.What is the chance that a second baby is also affected?Is there chance to reduce the risk?

Depends: Traditional ds (>85%) have an extra 21 chromosome & recurrence risk runs 1% for young mothers but 1% + the age factor as a women ages. There are uncommon forms of ds due to transfer of pieces between chromosome where the mom or dad could be an asymptomatic carrier. The % of those varies with the defect & it would be best to consult a geneticist. If regular ds, the numbers above apply. ...Read more

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My baby is Down syndrome shes 4 months , shes my first baby... When do u advice me to have another baby iam 28y?

Which type ?: Ds infants have 1 of 3 basic patterns.Trisomy 21, the most common, has a recurrence risk for you of 1% plus any age factor. A mosaic, is a blend of normal and t21, with no specified recurrence risk. A translocation 21 has a potential for recurring with any pregnancy.Your babies pattern should be defined first.A geneticist can help you with future planning. I find most are ready after a few yrs. ...Read more

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Why does the risk of having a Down syndrome baby increase for women over 35 years of age?

Aging: There is a risk for a baby with down syndrome at all ages, not just in women over 35. The risk gradually increases with age. It has to do with how the egg and sperm half the chromosomes so the next generation has the same number of chromosomes as the parents. ...Read more