down syndrome

Treat the Symptoms of Down’s Syndrome Naturally

Down’s syndrome is a genetic birth defect in which a child is born with abnormal features and some degree of mental retardation. It is the most common form of genetic birth defect and affects approximately 5000 children born each year in the United States alone. Approxmiately 350,000 people in the United States are currently living with Down’s syndrome and the majority are expected to live to age 55 and older! Teaching your child to be a level of self-sufficient, then, is important. It gives them a sense of autonomy and guarantees that they will be able to dress themselves, clean themselves and feed themselves if something were to happen and there were a lapse in their care.

Getting the facts about Down’s syndrome and learning Down’s syndrome symptoms are important in preparing new parents for the life ahead of them and their child. Parents should be aware that there is a test that can be done during pregnancy that will let them know if their child will have Down’s syndrome. It’s called the karyotype and checks the genes of the baby with a blood sample and an ultrashound. You can usually check between weeks 15 and 20 but you should also be aware that the test does return a high number of results that may indicate Down’s syndrome when, in fact, the baby is completely healthy. It is not possible to know for sure child does or does not have Down’s syndrome until they are born and begin to show symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Down’s Syndrome?

  • Low muscle tone or “floppy” babies
  • Flat facial features
  • Small nose
  • Small skin folds on the inner corner of the eyes
  • Small ears
  • Abnormally shaped ears
  • Single crease in the center of the palm
  • Hyperflexibility
  • One flexion furrow on the fifth finger
  • Extra space between the first and second toes
  • Enlarged tongue

What causes Down’s Syndrome?

Down’s syndrome is caused by a chromosomal error that causes the 21st chromosome to have an extra chromosome – three instead of the usual pair of two. No one knows why this happens so it can not be prevented against. Your child is less likely to have this error occur if you are a young mother, but it is still the most frequent genetic birth defect.

How do I treat Down’s Syndrome?

  • Help your child with their motor development milestones. This helps to strengthen their muscles. As they age you can begin to work with a physical therapist as well.
  • Teach your child to eat on their own. Sit down for family meals and slowly teach them how to start eating first with their fingers.
  • Slowly teach them how to dress themselves. They can learn step by step.
  • Communicate carefully and deliberately.
  • Make sure you establish a routine for hygiene.
  • Be involved with their schooling. Be an active participant that interacts with teachers and other administrators.
  • Try gingko biloba. It helps children sleep through the night and may help improve cognition.
  • Vitamin D and vitamin K help with sleep and to boost immunity.
  • Probiotics help to improve digestion, boosting immunity.
  • Zinc helps with growth and will help to protect against thyroid problems.
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