7 Life Lessons From Raising a Child With Down Syndrome

Deanna Smith is a mother of two toddlers (Addison, 3, who has Down syndrome and Carter, 2) and a former high school music teacher turned stay-at-home mom. Her personal blog, Everything and Nothing from Essex, chronicles her journey through motherhood and raising a child with Down syndrome. She is expecting her third baby in November….

What are common symptoms of Down syndrome?

The symptoms of Down syndrome vary from person to person, and people with Down syndrome may have different problems at different times of their lives. Physical Symptoms Common physical signs of Down syndrome include1,2: Decreased or poor muscle tone Short neck, with excess skin at the back of the neck Flattened facial profile and nose…

Down Syndrome Is Most Common In Women Under 35, But Why?

Mekel Akins Bergschneider and her husband were shocked and devastated at their 20-week anatomy scan when the doctors told them the news that the baby they were expecting likely had Down syndrome. Down syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder that occurs when there is an error causing the presence of three,…

Weight Management for Adults with Down Syndrome

Adults with Down syndrome are more likely to be obese than their typically developing peers.  Sometimes it is the result of untreated hypothyroidism. If there are new symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as increased sleepiness, confusion, or mood changes, then the individual’s primary doctor should consider running a blood test to check thyroid function. There is…