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Doctor insights on: Why Does Your Chance Of Having A Downs Child Increase As You Grow Old

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Why does your chance of having a downs child increase as you grow old?

Why does your chance of having a downs child increase as you grow old?

Old egg less perfect: Down syndrome begins with making eggs (or sperm), in which a "pre-egg" (or pre-sperm) cell with 46 chromosomes splits into 2 eggs (or 2 sperm). Each egg (or sperm) must get 23 chromosomes, but instead one egg gets both the #21 chromosomes and the other egg gets none. An egg with two #21's mated to a sperm with one #21 creates down syndrome: three #21's. Egg problem occurs more often in older moms. ...Read more

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I'm 47 years old, very healthy and would like to have another child. What are my chances?

I'm 47 years old, very healthy  and would like to have another child. What are my chances?

Hard to say: Fertility is not always guaranteed by "healthy" status.That said, every fertile woman has about 4% risk of an unexpected outcome (premi,cleft palate, infection,chromosome defect,etc).The effect of age on your eggs will add 1-2% to your risk of Down syndrome or other chromosome pbm.Then there is dad. You may want to meet with a geneticist to review all data,including dad, to get your specific riisk ...Read more

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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?

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

Getting higher: These risks are basically related to age.As you pass 40 it hits 1% and by 45=2% and after 50 as much as 5%.You must add that to the 4% baseline every pregnancy faces. There are screening tests that help yu know ahead of time that a problem is coming. ...Read more

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I am a 43 year old woman of three children from my first marriage. I would like to have one more child with my current husband. How are my chances.

I am a 43 year old woman of three children from my first marriage.  I would like to have one more child with my current husband. How are my chances.

Depends on variables: If you are still having regular menses you are likely fertile. While success in conceiving can drop as you age, you have time if you want.A visit with your obgyn and a spousal visit to a urologist could verify that the equipment seems in order. ...Read more

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If I don't eat peanuts, does that increase the child's chances of being allergic to peanuts?

If I don't eat peanuts, does that increase the child's chances of being allergic to peanuts?

Not studied: If you eat peanuts during pregnancy or breast feeding it doesn't seem to increase risk. Aap committee on nutrition. Effects of early nutritional interventions on the development of atopy in infants and children: the role of maternal dietary restriction, breastfeeding, timing of introduction of complementary foods, and hydrolyzed formulas. Pediatrics, volume 121, number 1, january 2008. ...Read more

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I'm in my first trimester. Is there something I can eat to increase the chances of my child becoming really smart?

I'm in my first trimester.  Is there something I can eat to increase the chances of my child becoming really smart?

SMART KID: First of all your pregnancy should be uncomplicated by taking care of yourself and eating healthy foods.As to having smart kids that is in your genes and the way you love and care for your child.Good luck ! ...Read more

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What causes increased salivation in a 2 year old child?

What causes increased salivation in a 2 year old child?

Teething?: Certainly teething would be top on the list but it could relate to having something in his throat or even a sore throat. Alot depends on if there are any other things happening ie. Fever, irritability, coughing etc.. If you have any concerns see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is there a way to have your DNA altered so you have 0% chance of having a child with downs?

Is there a way to have your DNA altered so you have 0% chance of having a child with downs?

Not a chance: At any age all pregnancies have about 4% risk of an unexpected outcome.(Premi, cleft palate, infection,DS,etc) As you pass 40 you begin to add higher risk of DS,as lifelong exposures to toxins affects egg quality.You can get non-invasive (mother's blood) information on a pregnancy as early as 8-10 wks with NIPP.This test commonly done for paternity can also detect DS very early. ...Read more

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I had sleep apena as a child i now have a 11 month old what are the chances that she to might also have it?

I had sleep apena as a child i now have a 11 month old what are the chances that she to might also have it?

Maybe possible: From my experience, sleep apnea may have some familial tendencies like allergies, eczema, or asthma. But there is no way of telling whether your baby will develop sleep apnea, just because you had it. This is because there could many causes of sleep apnea. Some of them include, enlarged adenoids and tonsils, food reflux, obesity and many more. ...Read more