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Are You at Risk of Having a Baby With Down...
The risk to have a child with a trisomy or extra chromosome goes up as a woman gets older. Down syndrome is the most common trisomy but there are other rare trisomies (trisomy 18 and trisomy 13). Use the chart below to determine your age related risk for Down syndrome and all trisomies.
Can Down Syndrome Be Diagnosed With an...
Ultrasound is a common test done during pregnancy. It lets a doctor look at a fetus and measure how far along in your pregnancy you are. however, sometimes an ultrasound can show some markers that indicate that the baby that you are carrying may have a higher than normal chance to have Down syndrome. Read here to learn more about the link between ultrasound and Down Syndrome.
Downs Syndrome: Diagnosis at Various Stages of...
Down syndrome can be diagnosed at birth or prenatal. It is usually suspected due to some unusual physical features in an infant and confirmed by a blood test that analyzes the infants chromosomes called a karyotype. Down syndrome, or trisomy 21, can also be diagnosed prenatally through screening tests such as maternal serum screening tests or by ultraound or sonogram. Diagnostic testing such as amniocentesis and CVS is used to confirm the diagnosis. Page 2.
What a Mosaic Down Syndrome Diagnosis Means for...
Mosaic Down syndrome accounts for 2 to 4% of all cases of Down syndrome. But what exactly is mosaic Down syndrome, and what does it mean for a child who receives this diagnosis?
What Is a Karyotype?
The definition of karyotype. Down Syndrome.
Making the Diagnosis of Down Syndrome
How is the diagnosis of Down syndrome made? This step by step guide discusses the signs, symptoms and testing that lead to a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
The 12 Steps of a Karyotype Test
A step by step guide to how a karyotype test is done.
What Every Parent Should Know About Choroid...
If you have just been told that your baby has a choroid plexus cysts on ultrasound, you are probably frightened and confused, but there is no need to be. Choroid plexus cysts are a common ultrasound finding and always go away over time. The bigger issue with choroid plexus cysts is that they can be a marker that your baby has a small chance to have a serious chromosome problem such as Down syndrome. Read here to learn more about this common ultrasound finding.
What Are Prenatal Serum Screening Tests for...
There are several prenatal serum (blood) screening tests now available to screen a pregnancy for Down syndrome. This article discusses first trimester serum screening and what it can and can't tell you.
What Are the Characteristics of People With...
An overview of the features of Down syndrome and some of the medical problems that occur more frequently in people with it. Page 1 of 2.
What Are the Features of Down Syndrome?
Down syndrome is caused by an extra number 21 chromosome. But what does that really mean? Learn more about the characteristics that define Down syndrome here.
What Is Down Syndrome and What Are the...
If you are just starting to learn about Down syndrome, read this article to get a brief overview of the history, cause and characteristics of people with Down syndrome (also called trisomy 21).
Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization or FISH...
Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization or FISH analysis, is a cytogenetic technique that is often used to diagnose Down syndrome prenatally. Continue reading to learn more about this test and the pros and cons of this technique.
How Can You Determine Your Chances of Having a...
One of the steps in deciding about prenatal diagnosis testing in your pregnancy, is understanding your risk. This article discusses how maternal age can influence your risk to have a child with Down syndrome.
What Causes Down Syndrome?
Down syndrome is caused by having an extra chromosome number 21. But what exactly does this mean? Read this section to learn more about what is known about the cause of Down syndrome, the types of Down syndrome and the relationship between a mother's age and Down syndrome.
How Is Down Syndrome Diagnosed?
Down syndrome is diagnosed one of two ways, either during pregnancy or shortly after birth. The diagnosis is always based on the presence of an extra number 21 chromosome on a karyotype.
7 Ways to Treat Down Syndrome
A brief overview of the treatments for Down syndrome.
More About Trisomies
While Down syndrome is the most common human trisomy, other trisomies also can occur. Read here to get some information about the other trisomies seen in humans. Page 2.
What Are the Symptoms of Down Syndrome?
More information about the physical characteristics, medical issues, behavioral components and psychological issues seen in individuals with Down syndrome. Page 2.
Prenatal Testing for Down Syndrome
An amniocentesis is an optional diagnostic test done during the second trimester of pregnancy. Read more about amniocentesis, what it tells you, and how it feels here.
Karyotype and Down Syndrome
If you have ever wondered about how Down syndrome is diagnosed, read more about karyotyping to learn more about how the actual chromosome diagnosis is made.
Facts about Down Syndrome
A few pertinent statistics about Down syndrome.
Other Trisomies In Humans
While Down syndrome is the most common human trisomy, there are others. Read here to get some information about the other trisomies seen in humans.
Reciprocal Translocation
Definition of a reciprocal chromosome translocation and how they can cause Down syndrome.
Translocation Down Syndrome - What is...
Translocation Down syndrome is responsible for 4 to 5% of the diagnosed cases of Down syndrome. While the basic problem is the same - three copies of the number 21 chromosome, the mechanism leading this problem is different than the mechanism leading to trisomy 21, and the recurrence risk can be very different. Read on to learn more.
8 Myths and Facts About Down Syndrome
Although it is a common disorder, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about Down syndrome. Check your facts (and misconceptions) here.
Cause, Diagnosis and Treatments of Atlantoaxial...
Atlantoaxial instability or AAI is a common orthopedic problem in Down syndrome. To learn more about this problem, including its symptoms and treatments, read here.
What to Know About Screening for Down Syndrome...
There has been a large increase in the number and type of screening tests for Down syndrome available to pregnant women. Read more to learn more about the concept of screening and what it can and cannot tell you.
Maternal Age Related Risks to have a Child with...
A chart with the maternal age related risk for Down syndrome and other trisomies.
What is Down Syndrome in 2014?
Fast forward to 2014, a time when people with Down syndrome and their families continue to demonstrate that while living with Down syndrome is not a “typical” circumstance, it is also nothing out of this world.
Duodenal Atresia in Down Syndrome
Duodenal atresia is one of several intestinal birth defects that occur more frequently in infants with Down syndrome. Read more to learn the symptoms of this highly-treatable disorder.
Down Syndrome and Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid gland, is surprisingly common in people with Down syndrome. read here to learn more about this condition including it's symptoms and treatment here.
Special Needs Toys: Tips for Parents
Are you confused about what toys to buy for your child with Down syndrome? Use these helpful tips to guide your search for the perfect toy.
Prenatal Testing for Down Syndrome - What You...
While screening and diagnostic tests for Down syndrome have become almost routine during pregnancy, it is actually up to each couple to decide for themselves if they want any prenatal testing during a pregnancy. This article discusses some of the factors that you should consider before making a decision about prenatal testing during your pregnancy.
5 Basic Things You Should Know About Raising a...
These are five basic things you should know about raising a child with Down syndrome.
Did I Cause My Child to Have Down syndrome?
A simple explanation of what causes Down syndrome.
Down Syndrome and Pregnancy - Prenatal Testing...
If you are pregnant and considering prenatal testing, be sure to read more about what factors you should consider and what information you should know before you make a decision.
Chorionic Villi Sampling (CVS)
: Chorionic villi sampling is an optional test done during pregnancy to detect chromosome abnormalities
More about Amniocentesis
An amniocentesis is an optional diagnostic test done during the second trimester of pregnancy. Read more about amniocentesis, what it tells you, and how it feels here. Page 2.
Definition of trisomy. Down Syndrome.
Robertsonian Translocation - What is a...
Definition of a Robertsonian translocation and how they can cause Down syndrome.
Helpful Resources for Down Syndrome
A list of resources for parents of children with Down syndrome including national support groups, local support groups, books and helpful websites.
Dual Diagnosis of Down Syndrome and Autism...
The high incidence of autism has also affected the community of people with other primary diagnoses and children with Down syndrome are one of them.
Definition of a translocation. Down Syndrome.
Apps for Young Children with Down Syndrome
The Best Apps For Your Young Child with Down Syndrome
Atlantoaxial Instability
: Atlantotaxial instability is a condition affecting the neck bones of about 15% of people with Down
Dealing With a New Diagnosis of Down Syndrome
Those first few days after learning about the diagnosis of Down Syndrome can be tough. These articles give some hints and tips on how to take care of yourself and those around you.
New Pregnancy after Having a Child with Down...
These are common fears that may arise when families decide with a new pregnancy after having a child with Down syndrome.
2 Moms' Stories About Adopting a Child With...
Children with Down syndrome are not different than any other, and have nothing less to offer than a typical child. They all bring love to her adoptive families, completing the lives of those in seek of love.
Trisomy 13
Trisomy 13 is a relatively rare chromosome abnormality that occurs in about 1 in 5,000 liveborn babies and is caused by the presence of an extra number 13 chromosome.
Doctor's Visits for a Newborn with Down Syndrome
While most babies with Down syndrome are very healthy, there are some specific issues and concerns that your pediatrician should address. Read more about these issues and what to watch for in the future.
School Inclusion for Children with Down Syndrome
Inclusion is a learning experience for everyone in the classroom. Kids with Down syndrome become members of the group by offering their talents and unique personalities.
: An amniocentesis is an optional test done during pregnancy to detect chromosome abnormalities in a
Down Syndrome Diagnosis - The First Few Days...
The first few days after learning your child's diagnosis can be frightening and emotionally overwhelming. There are some things that you can do to help you through this time
How to Tell Your Older Children That Their...
As the parent of other children, there's a very important thing to address at home: How to explain to your older children that their new brother or sister has Down syndrome.
Overview of Medical Evaluation for Newborns...
While most babies with Down syndrome are very healthy, there are some specific issues and concerns that your pediatrician should address. Read on to learn more about the conditions and testing that your pediatrician may consider.
Chromosome. Down Syndrome.
CVS testing - Prenatal Testing for Down Syndrome
A chorionic villi sampling test is an optional diagnostic test done during the first trimester of pregnancy. Read more about chorionic villi sampling, what it tells you, and how it feels here.
My Child with Down Syndrome Had Leukemia. Signs...
I feel proud of him for beating cancer and for many times for reminding us with his smile how important it is to believe and to never give up.
Alzheimer's Disease and Down Syndrome
Adults with Down syndrome have an increased risk of developing Alzheimers disease. Read more to learn why and what can be done about it.
People with Down Syndrome and College
We're experiencing great and positives changes about perception of people with Down syndrome and their abilities, but to think that every person with Down syndrome is able to attend college is unrealistic, and can set standards hard to comply with.
Stories of Siblings of Children with Down...
Stories from parents around the world, who share their experiences and the reactions of their children to the news that they have a brother or sister with Down syndrome.
Giving Everyone the Right Attention at Home
Explaining everyone at home about their brother or sister’s diagnosis of Down syndrome is the best way to teach them to be empathetic.
Down Syndrome and Swine Flu - Why are People...
People with Down syndrome are at increased risk to get swine flu and it's associated complications. Read here to understand why, and to learn what you can do to help.
Dealing As a Couple with Your Child’s...
It’s very important for couples to understand some basic rules for reacting to their child’s diagnosis of Down syndrome.
Stories of Parents Raising Children with and...
I’ve always loved my kids with the same love, but when you have a child with special needs, it’s not unusual to dedicate more time to this child as you’re often left thinking that he or she is at a disadvantage compared to others and that the others can do things by themselves.
What Not to Say to New Parents of a Baby with...
While there are specific phrases and sentiments that may be helpful in talking to parents of a new infant with Down syndrome, there are some things that you should try to avoid saying.
Things Every New Parent of A Child With Down...
Every year, around 6000 kids are born with Down syndrome in United States. These are 6 things every parent should be told to start the journey.
6 Tips to Handle “Back to Work Time”
Letting others help you when your child is born with Down syndrome and you are a working mom with no other options, will help you feel relieved .
Moving from an IFSP to an IEP for Your child...
Early Intervention is the first step for children with Down syndrome and their families, but what happens next?
Anencephaly - A Neural Tube Birth Defect
Anencephaly is a relatively common lethal birth defect cause by a failure of neural tube development and resulting in resulting in the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp.
Outstanding Musician with Down syndrome
Professionally, Suj continues to get awards, but even the presidential award he received can’t beat the smile & peaceful joy he brings to us and to those blessed to enjoy his soothing music.
Parents Who Don't Believe in Celebrating World...
This article represents the thoughts and ideas of a part of the community of parents with Down syndrome.
Definition of hypotonia. Down Syndrome.
Neural Tube Birth Defects
Spina bifida is a common birth defect affecting the spinal cord that occurs in about 1 in 1000 pregnancies.
Stories of Families - Down Syndrome and Autism...
It was in 2010 when Sofia started doing things that she had never done before. She started making loud sounds and flapping her hands.
About the future and the Physical Differences
The physical differences seem as an obvious disadvantage right now, but love is going to teach you to see them as typical characteristics of the person you love the most in the world. Page 2.
Down Syndrome 101 for New Parents
I didn’t go to school for becoming an expert in Down syndrome. However, I have made my journey as the parent of children with Down syndrome the priority of my life.
What is Duodenal Atresia?
Duodenal atresia, is a birth defect of the digestive tract, that occurs in approximately 5-7% of infants with Down syndrome.
The Importance of Early Intervention for...
Early Intervention is actually the big picture of all the services that a child with Down syndrome and/or with other special needs may require. This is why is so important!
Beating Cancer as a Mom When Your Child Has...
Overcoming cancer has given me a different perspective of my daughter’s diagnosis. She has Down syndrome, but she’s healthy, she’s complete and her essence is perfect.
About Development
You'll learn to cheer up every little step and to admire every small thing as the most amazing achievement. Page 3.
My Screening Test Was Positive, Does It Mean My...
Pregnant women are offered a number of different screening tests during pregnancy, often without adequate explanation. This FAQ will briefly explain screening test results in relationship to the diagnosis of Down syndrome.
When Cancer Strikes a Parent of a Child with...
When we're challenged to fight for our own life at the time of having a child with Down syndrome, we then realize that life is precious no matter how many chromosomes it has.
neurologist definition. Down Syndrome.
Mother of a Child with Special needs, Take Care...
Having a child with Down syndrome is an exciting but challenging circumstance. It's important to learn to share the responsibilities to find time for yourself.
University For Parents of People with Special...
I was elated to learn that Family Network on Disabilities has created the first free online university, available for parents of children with special needs around the globe, available in several languages!
About Prejudice and Judgment
Every day you teach people the way you want your child to be treated with your own example. Page 4.
When Children Ask About Their Older Sibling...
Even if you have raised your children both talking openly about Down syndrome, it’s not until your child gets conscious about natural differences, that he’s going to start asking serious questions about his brother or sister with Down syndrome.
What Is Alpha-fetoprotein or AFP
Alpha fetoprotein or AFP is a protein produced during pregnancy that is used to screen for Down syndrome and neural tube defects such as anencephaly or spina bifida.
Tips for Families and Friends
Has someone you love recently had a new baby with Down syndrome? Are you trying to figure out the correct things to say and do? Here are some tips that you should read before you call.
Who Should See a Genetic Counselor?
While most people equate genetic counseling with prenatal testing, there are many other reasons that people should consider seeing a genetic counselor. Below is a list of some of these reasons.
What Is Inclusion for Children with Down Syndrome
What we should want and expect from inclusion is for them to experience the full meaning of the word. That means a life with no limits and the opportunity to learn from a life free of prejudice.
Dealing with Family and Friends
It can be tricky dealing with family and friends after you bring your baby home. Read here for some practical tips that just might help the situation.
Prenatal Ultrasound - What Is an Prentatal...
Prenatal ultrasound, also called a sonogram, is a technique that allows healthcare providers to see or visualize an unborn baby. There are many reasons to have a prenatal ultrasound which is also sometimes called a sonogram.
Living with Down Syndrome
This article contains tips for living with Down syndrome including help for caregivers, locating resources, finding support and dealing with the school system.
The R-word and Down Syndrome: Why to Take the...
Take the pledge now, and help take the world to the next level in terms of respect and diversity. This benefits every human being, not only those with special needs.
Healthcare in People with Down syndrome
People with Down syndrome have special medical needs. Review the links below to get information about the different health concerns that should be addressed at specific ages.
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