Babies conceived by women over 35 are at risk for Down’s syndrome – Therapist

“Down syndrome is a genetic disease. Most babies are born with 23 pairs of chromosomes in each cell for a total of 46. The majority of babies with Down syndrome are born with an extra chromosome. ” she said.

She noted that babies born with Down syndrome face physical and mental challenges throughout their lives.

They usually have distinctive body and facial features that set them apart. They are more likely to grow slowly and are at greater risk for certain medical conditions, she said.

Ibrahim-Maifada listed some of the medical conditions as delays in speech and language development, problems with attention, difficulty sleeping, stubbornness and temper tantrums, delays in recognition and delay. in toilet training.

She also listed the physical signs of Down syndrome to include a short, stocky physical height; with a short neck, poor muscle tone, flattened facial features, especially the bridge of the nose, and small ears.

Others are almond shaped eyes which are slanted upward, small hands and small feet, a single deep crease in the center of the palm.

She listed other medical conditions associated with Down syndrome, including heart problems, thyroid abnormalities, hearing and vision problems, and men with low fertility rates.

“About 50% of women with Down’s syndrome are able to have children. The chance of their children having the disease is between 35% and 50%, ” Ibrahim-Maifada.

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