National Down Syndrome Month on October, 2024: Down syndrome? As much info as possible.?

October, 2024 is National Down Syndrome Month 2024. National Down Syndrome Awareness Month ... October is National Down

Down syndrome? As much info as possible.?

Please get up to date info, tell your nan to go to this is the national down syndrome association and it has all the ACCURATE info you need. Please listen to me and not some of these other people who shouldnt answer these important questions when they know nothing of the matter. I am a mother of a child with DS. Tell your family to get the child into Early Intervention as soon as possible to help the child with milestones and preparation for school. They start out in EI as early as birth. They can call the local school district to ask about where to go for their child to recieve early intervention such as physical therapy, speech, etc. And for inspiration and fun go to, and check out this amazing young mans website who has DS, also, and definantly go to and type in the search "mini documentary about people with Down syndrome." Its a wonderful video about 4 people with DS. You can also type in marriah3330 to see videos of my son, who is now 21 months old. He is doing great with his therapies and he is very bright. He has had two open heart surgeries. The child needs to see a cardiologist, optamologist, and an ENT doctor to be checked out for all the issues that can be common in people with DS. Also thyroid tests every year need to be done too. The child will be just great! Take care, I wish your family the best!

Help with Down Syndrome question?

Help with Down Syndrome question?

1. well currently people like researchers are still doing research projects on Down syndrome but it is also said that Down syndrome is a uncurable and that it is a life time thing that you are born with

2. well first of all people with down syndrome they are pretty much diffrent but some have alot of complications and problems because of it like heart problems but about 50 percent of babies with Down syndrome have a congenital heart defect. Some defects are minor and may be treated with medications, while others may require surgery. All babies with Down syndrome should be examined by a pediatric cardiologist, a physician who specializes in heart diseases of children, and have an echocardiogram (a procedure that evaluates the structure and function of the heart by using sound waves recorded on an electronic sensor that produce a moving picture of the heart and heart valves) in the first two months of life, so that any heart defects can be treated.

•About 10 percent of babies with Down syndrome are born with intestinal malformations that require surgery.

•Children with Down syndrome are also at increased risk for visual and hearing impairment. Common visual problems include crossed eyes, near- or farsightedness, and cataracts. Most visual problems can be improved with glasses, surgery, or other treatments. A pediatric ophthalmologist (a physician who specializes in comprehensive eye care and provides examinations, diagnosis, and treatment for a variety of eye disorders) should be consulted within the first year of life.

•Children with Down syndrome may have hearing loss due to fluid in the middle ear, a nerve defect, or both. All children with Down syndrome should have regular vision and hearing examinations so any problems can be treated before they hinder development of language and other skills.

•Children with Down syndrome are at increased risk of thyroid problems and leukemia. They also tend to have many colds, as well as bronchitis and pneumonia. Children with Down syndrome should receive regular medical care including childhood immunizations. The National Down Syndrome Congress publishes a "Preventative Medicine Checklist" which outlines which checkups and medical tests are recommended at various ages. so its pretty difficult for the family but with a loving and caring environment the child grows up and almost can be normal.

3. Down syndrome is not inherited it unless its through Translocation Down syndrome is the only form of the disorder that can be passed from parent to child. However, only about 4 percent of children with Down syndrome have translocation. And only about half of these cases are inherited from one of the parents.

In these cases, the mother or father is a balanced carrier of the translocation, which means he or she has some rearranged genetic material, but no extra genetic material. A balanced carrier has no signs or symptoms of Down syndrome, but he or she can pass the translocation on to children.

The chance of passing on the translocation depends on the sex of the parent who carries the rearranged chromosome 21:The cause of Down syndrome is one of three types of abnormal cell division involving the 21st chromosome. All three abnormalities result in extra genetic material from chromosome 21, which is responsible for the characteristic features and developmental problems of Down syndrome.

If the father is the carrier, the risk is about 3 percent.

If the mother is the carrier, the risk is about 12 percent.

What sort of medical care is required for someone with Down Syndrome? Costs? Etc. HELP?

What sort of medical care is required for someone with Down Syndrome? Costs? Etc. HELP?

Hi, I have a 8 month old baby with down syndrome. Every child who has it may require different medical procedures, and or surgeries so it's hard to say. My baby had heart surgery...which was many thousands ( coverd by insurance.) But not all kids will have a heart defect..

Physical development is often slower than normal. Most children with Down syndrome never reach their average adult height. Children may also have delayed mental and social development. According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, most persons with Down syndrome have mild to moderate mental retardation.

Many different medical conditions are seen in babies born with Down syndrome, including

Birth defects involving the heart such as an atrial septal defect or ventricular septal defect

Eye problems such as cataracts

Gastrointestinal blockages such as esophageal atresia and duodenal atresia

Hearing problems

Hip dislocation

Sleep apnea

Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)

Children with Down syndrome also have a higher risk for acute lymphocytic leukemia.

Exams and Tests

A doctor can often make an initial diagnosis of Down syndrome at birth based on how the baby looks. The doctor may hear a heart murmur when listening to the chest with a stethoscope.

Other tests that may be done include:



X-rays of the chest and gastrointestinal tract

Early and massive vomiting may be a sign of a gastrointestinal blockage. The blockage may also be discovered when a health care provider is unable to pass a tube from the nose into the stomach. See: Nasogastric or endotracheal intubation

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