The Challenges Of Raising A Child With Down Syndrome And How To Deal With It The Challenges Of Raising A Child With Down Syndrome And How To Deal With It
Being the mom of a child with Down syndrome has its challenges, but I don’t think people know all of the challenges. What causes Down... The Challenges Of Raising A Child With Down Syndrome And How To Deal With It

Being the mom of a child with Down syndrome has its challenges, but I don’t think people know all of the challenges.

What causes Down syndrome?

Down syndrome occurs when one of the body’s chromosomes, chromosome 21, divides abnormally during pregnancy. There are three types of Down syndrome:

  • Trisomy 21 happens when there are three copies of the 21st chromosome. Most people with Down syndrome have Trisomy 21
  • Mosaic Down syndrome is a rare form of Down syndrome in which there are multiple copies of chromosome 21 on several cells
  • Translocation Down syndrome happens when part of chromosome 21 becomes attached to another chromosome
Is Down syndrome serious?

All kids with Down syndrome have some level of intellectual disability. The extent to which each child develops physical and developmental characteristics varies.

Can I prevent Down syndrome?

Down syndrome is a spontaneous genetic abnormality that is not preventable. However, you are at a higher risk of having a child with Down syndrome if you are pregnant over the age of 35, have at least one child with Down syndrome, and are a carrier of the genetic translocation. In these circumstances, you may want to consult a genetic counsellor before becoming pregnant.

How do I know if my child has Down syndrome?

If you are at high risk of having a child with Down syndrome, there are tests your doctor can perform during pregnancy. Most children with Down syndrome are identified at birth because they have the physical characteristics common to children with the disorder. If a newborn appears to have Down syndrome, the doctor can perform a chromosome test to confirm.

Children with Down syndrome display the following characteristics:

  • Flattened facial features
  • Protruding tongue
  • Small head
  • Upward slanting eyes
  • Unusually shaped ears
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Broad, short hands with a single crease in the palm
  • Relatively short fingers
  • Excessive flexibility
How do I treat Down syndrome?

There are many things you can do to ensure your child leads a productive life, one of the most important being participation in an early intervention program. Make sure that you work with a team of professionals, including medical doctors; physical, occupational, and speech therapists; and education experts who can help you help your child realise his full potential.

Should I call the doctor?

Most children with Down syndrome are diagnosed at birth. Your doctor can help you determine how best to treat your child. It is also important that parents of children with Down syndrome receive personal support. Raising a child with Down syndrome can be challenging; make sure you join a support group and/or seek out the advice of other parents who also have a child with Down syndrome.

What you need to know about Down syndrome
  • Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by a mutation of chromosome 21
  • Down syndrome is not preventable
  • Children with Down syndrome can live health and productive lives

Source: Body And Soul

Nkasiobi Chukwu

  • A’Meiah Alexis

    2017-04-13 #1 Author

    It may be difficult to raise babies with this condition but they are just as smart and beautiful as every other baby. They are special and out here to touch our lives

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  • Jasmine

    2017-04-13 #2 Author

    I know from experience that raising babies with health issues can be a huge challenge but it is worth it. My older sister was born with neaurl tube defects and I wouldn’t trade her for anything in the entire world! I love everything about her. She is different but she is gods work.

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  • Tawshona

    2017-04-13 #3 Author

    It may be difficult to raise babies with this condition but they are smart and beautiful as every other baby.God choice them to be his special kids

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  • Whitney

    2017-04-13 #4 Author

    wow…nice article

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  • Jaquila Thompson

    2017-04-13 #5 Author

    It may be pretty difficult to raise a baby with this condition but he/she is still adorable and cute just like every other baby .

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  • Delana

    2017-04-14 #6 Author

    God bless those babies with down syndrome ! Just as special as those without ! 💛💛💛😊

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  • Melinda Charles

    2017-04-14 #7 Author

    I can’t imagine how a mother would feel upon finding out that her baby will be born with this condition, but children are amazing and you never know a child’s worth if you shield them from life, because your afraid of what cruel people are going to say about them! All you can do as a parent with a child with such a condition is give them the proper guidance which will help prepare them for the world we live in!

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  • Rodeish

    2017-04-15 #8 Author

    That’s crazy I really like it doe

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