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Effects of Down's Syndrome

Effects of Down's Syndrome

Down's Syndrome can cause a variety of effects:

  • Low muscle tone also known as hypotonia which can make your babies limbs seem floppy, it can also cause a poor shape to your babies cheeks, as the muscles in the face can have low tone.
  • Up slanted palpebral fissures which means the corner of the eye will be turned up rather than down
  • A flattened back of head
  • A small mouth with a protuberant tongue meaning you may notice your baby sticking their tongue out
  • A below average length and weight at birth
  • Delayed Development
  • Joint hyperflexibility
  • Shortened extremities
  • Short broad hands
  • Premature aging
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Single Palmar Crease, babies born with Down's Syndrome will be born with only one crease across the hand, this can again be a result of low tone as their hand may not be kept in a tight fist while growing in the womb.

Hypotonia is one of the biggest challenges in the first few years of your baby's life as it will affect their milestones such as sitting independently and crawling. Here at Manchester Neuro Physio we understand the difficulties faced with Down's Syndrome and can work with you and your child to help overcome problems such as hypotonia and help them achieve their milestones and enable them to perform everyday tasks such as playing.

To book an assessment or for more information please email call 0161 883 0066 .