Down Syndrome

By: Maddie Anderson

What causes this condition in the body?

  • Abnormal cell division that results in extra genetic material from chromosome 21.
  • Most common genetic cause of learning disabilities in children.

How do you prevent down syndrome?

  • No prevention of down syndrome.
  • Risk factors of down syndrome:
  • The risk of having a kid with down syndrome increases with the age of the mother.
  • By 35 mother's are 1 in 350 chance of having a baby with down syndrome.
  • By 40 mother's are 1 in 100 chance of having a baby with down syndrome.
  • By 45 mother's are 1 in 30 chance of having a baby with down syndrome.

Symptoms of down syndrome:

Treatments of down syndrome:

  • Early treatments with therapists and special educators to help babies develop motor skills, language, social skills, and self help skills.
  • Pediatric cardiologist, gastroenterologist, endocrinologist, etc.

Complications with down syndrome:

  • Children with down syndrome have more risks of different medical conditions than people without down syndrome.
  • Some examples are heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, sleep apnea, childhood leukemia, and etc.
  • Most of these conditions are treatable, so many people with down syndrome will live long and healthy lives.

Interesting facts about down syndrome:

  • One in every 691 babies in the U.S. is born with down syndrome, about 6,000 babies are born with down syndrome each year.
  • Life expectancy for people with down syndrome has increased dramatically in the recent decade.
  • Life expectancy was 25 in 1983 and now the life expectancy is 60 today.
  • People with down syndrome have the same feelings as us, they are not always happy as everyone might think, they are sometimes sad or upset like anyone else.
We're More Alike Than Different

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