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Downs Syndrome Each year there are about three thousand to five thousand people who are diagnosed with Downs Syndrome in the United States alone The way in which Downs Syndrome occurs is when there is an abnormality in chromosome 21 Therefore most people with Downs Syndrome have an extra 21 chromosome Instead of the normal number of 46 chromosomes in each cell the person with Downs has 47 chromosomes People with Downs Syndrome have physical abnormalities and phsychological ones The physical features are the flattening of the back of the head slanting of the eyelids small skin folds of the inner corner of the eyes slightly smaller ears small mouth decreased muscle tone loose ligaments and small hands and feet In addition other eye problems like nearsightedness and lastly far-sightedness Children with Down Syndrome benefit from the same care attention and inclusion in community life that help every child grow As with all children quality education in neighborhood schools and preschools or at home is important to provide the child with Down Syndrome the opportunities that are needed to develop strong academic skills Hypothyroidism is the most common problem that they have Its when the thyroid cant produce enough of the thyroid hormone This can be there at birth or could be present at any other age Every state in the United States does a routine screen on all new borns Because sometimes the thyroid did not form completly in the fetus Downs Syndrome is a genetic comibination of birth defects with physical abnormalities musculoskeletal disorders and hypothyroidism Furthermore most people with these conditionsarenot aware of the physical and mental abnormalities that are associated with having this
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