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Can you tell by looking if baby has downs?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Many can/not always

Ds has a remarkably consistent set of physical features that a knowledgeable person will recognize in a newborn or older child.
Yet in 3+ decades, I have seen a 21 trisomy that appeared more like a dwarf & 13 trisomy & an occasional ds kid with features so mild you would not suspect it.Physicians need to tell parents when they suspect such an issue, but testing is imperative to confirm it.

In brief: Many can/not always

Ds has a remarkably consistent set of physical features that a knowledgeable person will recognize in a newborn or older child.
Yet in 3+ decades, I have seen a 21 trisomy that appeared more like a dwarf & 13 trisomy & an occasional ds kid with features so mild you would not suspect it.Physicians need to tell parents when they suspect such an issue, but testing is imperative to confirm it.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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