Down Syndrome

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Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome is a chromosomal condition caused by the presence of extra chromosomes. Down Syndrome occurs in 1 in every 733 births.

Symptoms and effects of Down syndrome vary greatly among people, but it is more likely to occur in children born to older parents.

Symptoms include labored cognitive abilities, poor physical growth, specific facial characteristics and intellectual disabilities in varying severities.

Common physical characteristics include shorter limbs, almond shaped eyes, an unusually round face, oversized tongues and poor muscle tone.

Health risks amongst children born with Down syndrome include ear infections, possible hearing loss, thyroid dysfunctions, obesity, sleep apnea, congenital heart defects and gastrointestinal conditions.