By Maverick Kempf
Symptoms of Down Syndrome
Symptoms of down syndrome differ from child to child but so here are a few common symptoms
- Protruding tongue
- Flattened facial features
- Short neck
- Upward slanting eyes, unusual for the child's ethnic group
- Small head
Complications of Down syndrome
- Heart defects. About half the children with Down syndrome are born with some type of heart defect. These heart problems can be life-threatening and may require surgery in early infancy.
- Leukemia. Young children with Down syndrome have an increased risk of leukemia.
- Infectious diseases. Because of abnormalities in their immune systems, those with Down syndrome are much more at risk of infectious diseases, such as pneumonia.
- Obesity. People with Down syndrome have a greater tendency to be obese.
Down Syndrome in families.
Yes, Down Syndrome comes from the genes, but only 1% of that comes from the parents to the child. The age of the mother does not seem to matter when it comes down to it, but in one third of cases one of the parents is a carrier of the chromosome 21
How is Down Syndrome Detected
Down Syndrome is detected by giving the female a screen test which involves a blood testing and a ultrasound. They take the age of the mother and the results from the blood testing which gives them the chances of having a baby with down syndrome. With that if there is a high chance of a baby with down syndrome, there is no cure for this syndrome so the only option is therapy. "What Is Down Syndrome?" - National Down Syndrome Society. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2015.
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