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NHS Choices website provides the following information about Down syndrome or trisomy 21. It is a genetic condition that typically causes some level of learning disability and certain physical characteristics.
Although children with Down’s syndrome share some common physical characteristics, they don’t all look the same. A child with Down’s will look more like their family members than other children who have the syndrome.People with Down’s syndrome will also have different personalities and abilities. Everyone born with Down’s syndrome will have some degree of learning disability, but this will be different for each person.

Causes of Down’s syndrome – 
Down’s syndrome is usually caused by an extra chromosome in a baby’s cells. In most cases, this isn’t inherited – it’s simply the result of a one-off genetic change in the sperm or egg.There’s a small chance of having a child with Down’s syndrome with any pregnancy, but the likelihood increases with the age of the mother.For example, a woman who is 20 has about a 1 in 1,500 chance of having a baby with Down’s, while a woman who is 40 has a 1 in 100 chance.There’s no evidence that anything done before or during pregnancy increases or decreases the chance of having a child with Down’s syndrome.

Health problems linked to Down’s syndrome – People with Down’s syndrome are more likely to have certain health problems, including:

Your child may be checked by a paediatrician more often than other children to pick up problems as early as possible.

Living with Down’s syndrome – Although there’s no “cure” for Down’s syndrome, there’s support available to help children with the condition lead healthy, fulfilling lives.This includes:

  • access to good healthcare – including a range of different specialists
  • support for your child’s development – this may include speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, and home teaching
  • support groups – such as the Down’s Syndrome Association, who can put you in touch with other families who have a child with Down’s syndrome

Lots of people with Down’s syndrome are able to leave home, have relationships, work, and lead largely independent lives.

If you’d like more information about Down’s syndrome, you can visit the Down’s Syndrome Association or call their helpline on 0333 121 2300.Source: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/downs-syndrome/


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