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Whats the life expectancy for a child with downsyndrome?

Whats the life expectancy for a child with downsyndrome?

60 years old: Life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades - from 25 years old in 1983 to 60 years old today. See more at: http://www.ndss.org/Down-Syndrome/Down-Syndrome-Facts/#sthash.6KmBMQI6.dpuf ...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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Can you please lay out the life expectancy for people who have down syndrome?

Can you please lay out the  life expectancy for people who have 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 life expectancy of a teen with type 1 diabetes and down syndrome?

What is the life expectancy of a teen with type 1 diabetes and down syndrome?

Hard to say: I as a nursing home director had a patient with downs syndrome and diabetes. She just expired at the age of 65 from complications of pneumonia. She did very well until the very end of life. ...Read more

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What are some of the causes for a child to be born with down syndrome?

What are some of the causes for a child to be born with down syndrome?

Several possible: The features of down syndrome are dependent on the addition of one extra segment of a 21 chromosome which is more likely as women age .You can get this several ways. The traditional DS (~95%) has 3 copies of a 21 chromosome. About 4% have the specific extra 21 piece stuck on a regular chromosome (trans-location).About 1% have a mosaic of some normal and some 21 trisomy in variable amounts. ...Read more

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What percentage of people have an abortion when they know their child will have down syndrome?

What percentage of people have an abortion when they know their child will have down syndrome?

Difficult # to find: The biggest influence on the decline of down syndrome births in the last 4 decades has been the introduction of oral contraceptives & or decision to undergo permanent sterilization. Many centers do not keep or record the reasons for the procedure.Some centers consider invasive sampling such as amniocentesis only if couples are likely to terminate even if screening tests were suggestive of ds. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son ,down syndrome(karyotype a 47,xy,+21), hearing impared child is 22years old.?

What do you suggest if my son ,down syndrome(karyotype a 47,xy,+21), hearing impared child is 22years old.?

? question: Not sure what the question is. There are numerous adult residential facilities and support programs available. Here is a place to start: http://www.ndss.org ...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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How is for a child living with down syndrome?

Broad topic: A bit too broad for a 400 character answer. You might explore the official website of the national down syndrome society & check out thir regular stories on this topic. www.ndss.org/my-great-story. ...Read more

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I have a child with down syndrome? What do I do?

I have a child with down syndrome? What do I do?

Down's Syndrome: Your pediatrician will be very familiar with this, and will help you. You can also look for a local support group. There is also a national group, as well. http://www.ndss.org ...Read more

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Tips for mentally stimulating a child with down syndrome?

Tips for mentally stimulating a child with down syndrome?

Early Intervention: Programs for infants with DS accelerate attainment of motor, communication, self-help/adaptive & cognitive skills through OT, PT, cognitive, behavioral & Speech/Language Therapy from 0-3, then Early Childhood Special Education beginning at age 3 + individual therapies, if possible. Ask teachers & therapists what skills your child has mastered, what he's ready to do next & how to motivate him. ...Read more