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Down's SyndromeIt has been noted that younger couples are giving birth to children with...

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Posted July 15, 2008 at 7:13 AM via web

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Down's Syndrome

It has been noted that younger couples are giving birth to children with Downs. If Downs is genetic yet there is no genetic history what can cause it. Likely causes are severe infections to the mother or difficulties in pregnancy which affect the child? Could this be true?

In Mosaic condition the symptoms are mild. There is delayed physical groth and motor skills as well as speech. Occupational therapy wotks well in such cases and so does speech therapy. But what could be done to improve speech in such children particulary at home level? How do people talk with and understand such babies? What could be done to assist the parents. These children can attend school but they need special schools. Normal schools may affect them as they are significantly older than the other children and may not cope well.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 15, 2008 at 5:21 PM (Answer #2)

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I have read articles that point to chemicals in our homes as to the cause of birth defects as well as respiratory disease, ADD, ADHD, and other ailments.  The phosphates, bleach, and quanterniam (ms?) 15 (formaldehyde) in baby shampoos, dish washing detergents, laundry soaps, and household cleaners are inhaled, ingested, and soaked up through the skin.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 15, 2012 at 7:59 AM (Answer #3)

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Down syndrome is usually caused by trisomy 21, which means three copies of chromosome 21. There are 23 chromosomes in the human body. Mosaic Down Syndrome is very rare, and it is caused by division of chromosomes after fertilization. I don't think it has anything do to with the age of the woman. The truth is we really don't know.

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