By Lesly Batista-Rios
What is Down Syndrome ?
Down Syndrome is a condition that mentally and physically delays a child's development. People with down Syndrome could have medical problems like heart defects. Their face is flat and have upward slanted eyes.
In the U.S 6,000 babies are born each year with Down Syndrome.
400,000 people in the U.S are living with Down Syndrome. It can affect any race and economic group.
Down Syndrome isn't inherited by the parents genes or bodies, actually it isn't inherited at all. It happens when the cell division is early and ends up making an extra copy of the chromosomes
Trisomy 21 is the cause of Down Syndrome. Trisomy 21 is an extra copy of chromosome 21 in a random error in cell division
How is Down Syndrome treated and what are its symptoms ?
Down Syndrome is treated with regular checkups, screening, medications, surgeries, counseling, and support. People with Down Syndrome are shorter and grow slowly. They also have short arms and legs. They may have excess fat and skin on their necks. They have a flat face, small ears, and their teeth come in late so they most likely won't be in the same order as other people.