What is Downs Syndrome

Downs Syndrome is a congenital disorder arising from a chromosome defect, causing intellectual impairment and physical abnormalities including short stature and a broad facial profile. It arises from a defect involving chromosome 21, usually an extra copy (trisomy-21).

Around 775 babies are born with Downs Syndrome in England and Wales every year.

Downs syndrome is a chance occurance of 3 copies of chromosome 21. Anyone can give birth to a baby with DS and nothing you did or didn’t do could have had an effect on that.

People with Downs Syndrome born today can lead full, exciting and wonderful loves, often holding down jobs, living independently and having relationships.

Babies born with Downs Syndrome often have additional health complications such as:

  • Hearing loss
  • Heart conditions
  • Low muscle tone
  • Delayed speech development
  • Sight problems

Some interesting Downs Syndrome Related Articles

Recent Article from the Telegraph