Down's syndrome


What is Down's syndrome?

Genetic condition as a result of an extra 21 chromosome
Result of a one-off genetic 'mistake' in the sperm or egg.
750 babies in the UK are born each year with Down's syndrome
60,000 people in the U.K. have Down's syndrome
Higher risk of giving birth to a baby with DS for women 45 and older.
Life expectancy 50-60 years but with health improvements some live into their 70s.

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Varying levels of learning disabilities
Flattened facial features
Small head, ear and mouth
Protruding tongue
Upwards slanting eyes
Short neck
Medical issues - hearing, visual and heart problems

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No treatment for the condition, but medication can be used for associated medical issues.

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