Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Day 16

This is another fact post.  Many of you have followed along the past year and a half with all of Tera's various sicknesses and procedures and visits to pediatric specialists.  As stressful as some of those times have been, it doesn't even come close to comparing with what some other kids (DS or not) and their parents have to go through.  I always try to be cognizant of that when I'm worried about her, but in those moments of concern for your child, it doesn't seem to matter that it could be worse, it matters that they're not well at that moment.  But regardless, she has been sick a lot, minor as some of it has been, and there are reasons for that beyond just that she's one and in daycare.  People are always intrigued when I tell them how many different health issues kids with DS face just as a result of their extra chromosome.  To some people it's not a surprise and to some it is, but a lot of the time in either situation, they don't understand why that is the true.

So tonight I'm including a list of health concerns associated with DS.  If you'd like to check out any of these further go to http://www.ndss.org/Resources/Health-Care/Associated-Conditions/ to see the list I'm posting along with the links to further information.

  1. ADHD & Down Syndrome

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a commonly diagnosed childhood problem. However, ADHD-like symptoms are more common in young children with Down syndrome compared to children from the general population.
    Researchers and scientists have located several genes on chromosome 21 that are involved in the aging process which contribute to the increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
    Complications of anesthesia (sedation during surgery) occur in all patient populations, but are more likely to occur in individuals with Down syndrome than their peers without.
    Individuals with Down syndrome are at an increased risk of atlantoaxial instability, a serious disorder that could result in spinal cord damage.
    Individuals with Down syndrome frequently show abnormalities in the blood cells for various reasons.
    Dental care is important for everybody, but people with Down syndrome can have a number of differences that can require special attention.
    Autism spectrum disorder occurs more frequently in individuals with Down syndrome than in the general population.
    Ear, nose, and throat problems are common in children with Down syndrome. It is important for primary care physicians and caregivers to be aware of these problems, most of which are present throughout an individual’s life.
    Individuals with Down syndrome have a higher incidence of endocrine problems than the general population. The endocrine system refers to a set of glands that include the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands.
    Beginning in the newborn period, people with Down syndrome have an increased likelihood of developing medical conditions that interrupt or interfere with this digestion.
    Abnormalities of the cardiovascular system are common in Down syndrome, as approximately half of all infants born with Down syndrome have a heart defect.
    At least half of all children and adults with Down syndrome face a major mental health concern during their life span.
    Studies show that half to all people with Down syndrome have obstructive sleep apnea. This can contribute a number of potentially serious health concerns.
    Down syndrome has effects on the developing eye, which could impact the proper development of vision.

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