Parenting

Down Syndrome Babies and Signs of the Syndrome

Down syndrome is also referred to as trisomy 21. It is not preventable, but it is possible to detect before the birth of the baby.

Down syndrome has some signs in babies that offer the chance to diagnose it.

Causes of the Syndrome

Scientifically, babies receive 23 chromosomes each from mother and the same from their father, for a total of 46 chromosomes. A baby who has Down syndrome receives extra chromosomes. They receive 47 chromosomes instead of 46. This extra chromosome creates a genetic situation which complicates the development of the child.

Signs of the Syndrome

Down syndrome babies have normal weight at birth, but they do not grow as quickly as a child who does not have the syndrome. They are smaller compared to their peers. Their development is also slower, and they achieve the standard milestones later. Signs of the syndrome could also show up as feeding problems, such as being unable to suck. They could also develop some digestive problems. Hyptonia, which is a low muscle tone situation, is also another sign of the syndrome. It causes the baby to look limp. Besides that, a Down syndrome baby could have some hearing and vision problems, dental problems, heart diseases, or diabetes. They could also have some facial differences, such as having a small nose, or they may have a larger space between the first and second toe.

Solution

Down syndrome is a lifelong situation and cannot be solved and cured. But it is possible to provide a chance for the child to live a healthy life and grow to their full potential with early treatment.

Considerations About the Syndrome

Down syndrome babies can be affected by their ethnic background. Also, women who give birth after 35 have a higher chance of having Down syndrome babies.

Warnings

Most expectant parents are shocked when they learn that their babies have signs of Down syndrome. But some babies with Down syndrome might not have clear signs of the syndrome, and it may need to  be diagnosed with genetic tests.

Down syndrome may not be curable, but it does not mean that you cannot diagnose and provide a comfortable life and lifelong learning for your Down syndrome baby.

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