People with Down syndrome often have a characteristic facial appearance that includes a flattened appearance to the face, outside corners of the eyes that point upward (upslanting palpebral fissures ), small ears, a short neck , and a tongue that tends to stick out of the mouth.
What causes Down syndrome facial features?
The most common live-born human aneuploidy is trisomy 21, which causes Down syndrome (DS). Dosage imbalance of genes on chromosome 21 (Hsa21) affects complex gene-regulatory interactions and alters development to produce a wide range of phenotypes, including characteristic facial dysmorphology.
How does Down syndrome affect facial structure?
Some common characteristics present in people with the disorder include distinctive facial features, such as slanting eyes, small chin, round face, flat nasal bridge, Brushfield spots in the iris, abnormal outer ears, and flattened nose.
What 5 challenges would you face if your baby was born with Down syndrome?
Other medical conditions that may happen more frequently in kids with DS include thyroid problems, stomach and intestinal problems, seizure disorders, breathing problems, including sleep apnea and asthma, obesity, an increased chance of infections, and a higher risk of childhood leukemia.
Can a person with Down syndrome look normal?
People with Down syndrome all look the same. There are certain physical characteristics that can occur. People with Down syndrome can have all of them or none. A person with Down syndrome will always look more like his or her close family than someone else with the condition.
Can someone have Down syndrome and look normal?
Some of the children with Mosaic Down syndrome that we know do not actually look as if they have Down syndrome – the usual physical features are not obvious. This raises some important and difficult social issues and identity issues for both parents and children, which parents have discussed with us.
What age does Down syndrome occur?
It is determined by many factors, but research suggests that there is a higher chance if the mother is older than 35 years of age. Before the age of 30, Down syndrome occurs in fewer than 1 in 1,000 pregnancies. After the age of 40, this figure rises to about 12 in 1,000.
Who is a famous person with Down syndrome?
|Edward Barbanell||Actor who starred in The Ringer|
|Sam Barnard||Actor and reality star who appeared on The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and The Undateables|
|Jay Beatty||Celtic F.C. fan|
|Jamie Brewer||Actress who appeared in American Horror Story: Murder House and American Horror Story: Coven|
Do Down syndrome babies cry differently?
Just like any baby, infants who have Down syndrome will sometimes be fussy. The temperament of a baby with Down syndrome is not usually any different from the temperament of any other baby.
What do Down syndrome eyes look like?
Unusually Shaped Eyes
An infant with down syndrome will commonly have eyes that slant upward, oftentimes with a fold of skin from the upper eyelid that covers one of the inner corners of the eye. This sign is more obvious than Brushfield spots but can be discerned in much the same way by looking into an infant’s eyes.