There is nothing Down about Down Syndrome.

You cannot change a down syndrome child, but that child will change you forever!

Being a parent of special needs child comes with different challenges. These children require so much attention with extra love and care. How and why are these children born this way?

A child with down syndrome is born with an extra copy of their chromosome which is known as chromosome 21. Typically, a baby is born with 46 chromosomes in the cells. But a down syndrome baby has an extra chromosome referred to as Trisomy 21. The extra chromosome is caused by abnormal cell division during the development of either the sperm cell or the egg cell.  This means that the child is born with a distinct facial appearance, intellectual disability, and developmental delays.

Research shows that older mothers are more likely to have a baby affected by Down syndrome than younger mothers. This also means that as a woman gets older the chances of having a down syndrome child become higher.

Expectant mothers can take two tests to confirm if they have conceived a Down syndrome child. The first is Chorionic villus sampling, this process is done by inserting a needle, guided by ultrasound through the mother’s abdomen to take a sample of cells from the placenta. The other test is almost the same process- but this time it is a sample from the amniotic fluids.  Both samples are then tested for ther missing, extra or abnormal chromosomes. The procedure is done between 11 and 14 weeks of pregnancy.

It is normal for emotions to run wild when you are expecting a down syndrome child. One thing we believe is you will fall in love with that child as you would any other one. The child may be different but has the same emotions as you and I. Down syndrome kids have so much love to give and receive. Like our #WomanCrushWednesday Eliana Tardio said “You may not believe me now, but if you never dream of this moment, this may turn into your dream life” She is a mother of two children born with down syndrome.

Down syndrome conditions defer, but there is a way to specifically manage each child. It is a lifelong condition but with the right management, every step will be worth it. There are early treatment programs that can help improve skills in speech and physical appearances. Educational therapy can also help to get any occupation. With the right support, love, and treatment, many people with Down syndrome live happy, productive lives.

Momat4y would like to encourage and appreciate every parent out there who has had any experience with down syndrome. We see your strength, the love you give and we can assure you that you are doing everything just right.