Question: Can a Down syndrome child look normal?

People with Down syndrome all look the same. There are certain physical characteristics that can occur. People with Down syndrome can have all of them or none. A person with Down syndrome will always look more like his or her close family than someone else with the condition.

Can a child have Down syndrome and not look like it?

Some of the children with Mosaic Down syndrome that we know do not actually look as if they have Down syndrome - the usual physical features are not obvious. This raises some important and difficult social issues and identity issues for both parents and children, which parents have discussed with us.

At what age is Down syndrome noticeable?

Signs and symptoms often start around age 50. Infections. People with Down syndrome may get sick more often because they tend to have weaker immune systems.

What does a child with mild Down syndrome look like?

Some common physical features of Down syndrome include: A flattened face, especially the bridge of the nose. Almond-shaped eyes that slant up. A short neck.

How do I know if my child has mosaic Down syndrome?

How is Mosaicism Diagnosed? The usual way in which mosaic Down syndrome is discovered is through genetic testing of the babys blood. Typically, 20 to 25 cells are examined. If some of the cells have trisomy 21 and some dont, then the diagnosis of mosaicism is made.

How do I know if my child has Down syndrome?

Diagnosing Down syndrome Parents who think their child may have Down syndrome may notice the slanting eyes, flat-appearing face, or low muscle tone. Babies with Down syndrome may seem floppy in activity, and they may take longer to hit developmental milestones. These can include sitting up, crawling, or walking.

How often is Down syndrome misdiagnosed?

How Many People Have mosaic Down syndrome? Approximately 1 in 27,000 people are diagnosed with mosaic Down syndrome. Approximately 15% of individuals diagnosed with Trisomy 21 Down syndrome are misdiagnosed and actually have mosaic Down syndrome. There are many individuals who are never diagnosed with this condition.

Can you be high functioning Down syndrome?

“We certainly see some kids who are less affected than others, but we shy away from terms like low-functioning and high-functioning,” Pipan explains. Some children with Down syndrome have a hard time learning to walk, and others have no problem running and jumping and riding a bike.

Can you look normal and have Down syndrome?

People with Down syndrome all look the same. There are certain physical characteristics that can occur. People with Down syndrome can have all of them or none. A person with Down syndrome will always look more like his or her close family than someone else with the condition.

Can ultrasound be wrong about Down syndrome?

For normal fetuses, the figure is 1%. This makes it unlikely that the test would wrongly diagnose Downs syndrome. The nasal scan is more accurate than previous ultrasound markers, such as the length of leg bones. Some UK and US doctors are already using the nose-bone scan in combination with other tests.

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