syndrome is a chromosomal disorder caused when an error in cell
division results in an extra 21st chromosome.There can be impairments
in cognitive ability and physical growth, mild to moderate
developmental disabilities, and a higher risk of some health
Through a series of
screenings and tests, Down syndrome can be detected before or after
likelihood having Down syndrome is around 1 in every 700pregnancies.
It is determined by many factors, but research suggests there is a
higher risk if the mother delivers at over 35 years of age.
the age of 30 years, fewer that 1 in 1000 pregnancies
will be affected by Down syndrome. After the age of 40 years, this
figure rises to about 12 in 1,000.
This morning we welcomed another little boy of 2.5 years, with Down's syndrome for his first assessment. It turns out he is a very good judge of character as he would not have anything to do with me! I had to work through his mum, but we got there in the end. We are hoping for similar results to the little girl in the article.