World Down Syndrome Day

I still remember the first time we hosted the Down Syndrome day at our University here. Those innocent faces, were scared and happy to see us at the same time. All of those little children were beautiful!

The WDSD has been observed by the United Nations since 2012 to raise awareness as to what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. Down’s syndrome is not a disease it is rather a disorder caused by a mutation on the 21st chromosome or a trisomy 21.

Prenatal tests to diagnose Down’s baby: 

Two blood tests, the triple screen and the alpha-fetoprotein, are the most common prenatal screening tests and are often done in combination with a detailed ultrasound. These tests are usually offered to a pregnant woman between week 15 and week 20 of pregnancy. Other tests used to diagnose Down syndrome are chorionic villus sampling (CVS), amniocentesis, and percutaneous umbilical blood sampling (PUBS). These tests do carry a small risk of miscarriage. CVS is typically performed between eight and 12 weeks of pregnancy; amniocentesis is performed between 12 and 20 weeks; and PUBS can be done after 20 weeks.

You can discuss in more details with your doctor.

How to take care of a Down’s baby: 

Everyone born with Down syndrome exhibits some level of mental retardation, but this usually falls within the mild to moderate range. Babies with Down’s syndrome do learn all the basic skill but they do so at a relatively slower pace. Recently certain laws have passed to provide people with disabilities, including Down syndrome, equal protection under the law.  So, these babies now have a complete right to education and almost everything that a normal baby will grow up to get. The only care parent’s need to do is to take the baby for regular checkups as Down’s syndrome comes with a whole package of problems. Although the life span of children born with Down’s is relatively less, with early intervention most of them live a relatively normal life.

for more detail’s on how to take care of a baby with Down’s you can download a very helpful booklet I came across at downs-syndrome.org.uk. You will also find a guide here for Friends and Family, if you have someone in your family who has a baby with Down’s that guide could help you know better about being around their baby rather than feeling awkward.

Remember: People with Down’s syndrome can pass exams, get jobs, get married – just like everyone else.

Here is an a video from the WDSD 2013:

 

Share this information with friends and family on Twitter and Facebook.

Take Care!

Dr. AM

 

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