Down Syndrome Awareness

30 Oct 2019

Down Syndrome Awareness

Down Syndrome Awareness

Down syndrome is a chromosomal condition that occurs when an error in cell division results in an extra chromosome 21

Down syndrome can affect a person’s cognitive ability and physical growth, cause mild to moderate developmental issues, and present a higher risk of some health problems.
Using a series of screenings and tests, healthcare professionals can detect Down syndrome before or after birth.
Down syndrome occurs in around 1 in every 700 pregnancies. It is determined by many factors, but research suggests that there is a higher chance if the mother is older than 35 years of age.

Before the age of 30, Down syndrome occurs in fewer than 1 in 1,000 pregnancies. After the age of 40, this figure rises to about 12 in 1,000.

characteristics of Down syndrome include
1. Low muscle tone
2. Short stature
3. A flat nasal bridge
4. Protruding tongue.

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