Question: How does Down syndrome affect a newborn?

At birth, kids with DS are usually of average size, but they tend to grow at a slower rate and remain smaller than their peers. For infants, low muscle tone may contribute to sucking and feeding problems, as well as constipation and other digestive issues.

Can you see Down syndrome in newborn?

If Down syndrome is not diagnosed during pregnancy, health care providers can usually diagnose Down syndrome based on the infants appearance. In such cases, the diagnosis should be confirmed using a blood test that examines the childs chromosomes (karyotype).

How does a newborn with Down syndrome looks like?

Some common physical features of Down syndrome include: A flattened face, especially the bridge of the nose. Almond-shaped eyes that slant up. A short neck.

How do Down syndrome newborns act?

At birth, babies with Down syndrome are often the same size as other babies, but they tend to grow more slowly. Because they often have less muscle tone, they may seem floppy and have trouble holding their heads up, but this usually gets better with time.

Do Down syndrome babies sleep more?

Babies with Down syndrome may find it harder to develop sleep patterns, get to sleep and stay asleep because their physical features (narrow upper airways, larger tongues and low muscle tone) can make them wake more frequently and make deeper sleep harder to come by.

Do Down syndrome babies feed well?

Children with Down syndrome often have physical characteristics that can make breastfeeding a challenge. However, with patience and perseverance, many babies with this condition learn to breastfeed successfully.

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