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Taking care of a baby with down syndrome

Some hereditary diseases have long-term consequences and down syndrome is one such condition that has both physical and psychological consequences. The condition can be restrictive but a baby with down syndrome can sail through life easily given all the care and encouragement they require to sail through life.

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Down syndrome is a genetic disorder in which a kid is born with an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. This extra chromosome influences the child's development, both cognitively and physically.

At birth, babies with Down syndrome can be of normal size and weight and the symptom of the condition will become more pronounced as the situation become more severe. Some of the common signs are:

1 A small, slanted, and almond-shaped eye that tilts upwards. The skin above the upper eyelid may also appear droopy, and the space between the two eyes is wider than usual.

2 The nose is small, with a flattened bridge.

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3 Small ears with a small upward fold.

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4 A short neck.

5 A small mouth that the child may have difficulty closing. As a result, the tongue may appear longer.

6 Hands and fingers are little. Instead of the customary three creases on the palm, they may have one or two.

Babies with Down syndrome require special attention which is why it is important to keep an eye on their development frequently. Here are ways to care for a baby with down syndrome 

1 Breastfeeding

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Exclusive breastfeeding is required for babies with Down syndrome for their immune systems to grow properly.

2 Weaning 

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Babies with Down syndrome may require extra time to learn how to suck, chew, and swallow. As a result, weaning should always be postponed.

3 Skincare

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Babies with down syndrome often have dry skin which is why it is important to gently massage the baby's skin with oil or moisturizing cream.

4 Temperature regulation

Babies with Down syndrome have difficulty controlling their body temperature and may become either cold or very hot quickly. They must be dressed correctly.

5 Thyroid levels

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Thyroid hormone levels in babies with Down syndrome may be too low, which can lead to a variety of other problems. Thyroid blood tests should be performed regularly, at least every 6 months or once a year.

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