Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Trisomy Tuesday

Welcome to Trisomy Tuesday (a day late)!  Every Tuesday I’m going to share 3 tidbits about Down syndrome, all in the name of educating anyone who cares to read!

Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal defect.  About 1 in 600-700 babies are born with Down syndrome each year.  Interestingly enough, based on bloodwork, the probability that our baby would have Down syndrome was 1 in 700.  (My opinion: current blood tests are a waste of money!  Just sayin’…)

While the incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the mother’s age, 80% of people with Down syndrome are born to women under the age of 35.  I was 34 when Daniel was born.

People with Down syndrome are at increased risk for certain medical conditions, such as congenital heart defects, respiratory problems and hearing problems, and thyroid conditions.  Thankfully, most of the medical conditions are treatable.  We have been blessed that Daniel is as healthy and strong as he is!  Let’s pray that it stays that way!

**Information courtesy of the National Down Syndrome Society**

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