Birth Defects

Down Syndrome

Causes

Down syndrome is caused by extra genetic material from chromosome 21. Chromosomes are the structures in cells that contain the genes.

Symptoms

Heart defects

Intestinal defects

Hearing loss

Infections

Thyroid problems

Leukemia

Memory loss

Treatment

there isnt a treatment to cure down syndrom but there is special treatments to help some symptoms of down syndrome.

Extra Facts

  • your child could be dignosed before birth
  • Children with Down syndrome usually can do most things that any young child can do, such as walking, talking, dressing and being toilet-trained. However, they generally start learning these things later than unaffected children.
  • At age 30, the risk is 1 in 1,000
  • about 80 percent of babies with Down syndrome are born to women under age 35
  • the chance of having another baby with Down syndrome is about 1 in 100 up to age 40.