Chromosomal abnormalities onset as soon as a baby starts developing in the mother’s womb. Chromosomes (small “groups” of genes) in the body determine how a baby grows and functions after birth. Minor changes in these genes can greatly affect body and brain development.
Chromosomal abnormalities onset as soon as a baby starts developing in the mother’s womb.
Down syndrome affects about 1 out of every 700 babies born. The condition occurs when a baby develops in the womb with one extra copy of chromosome 21.
Down syndrome is normally tested for during pregnancy, or right after birth, to allow parents time to prepare for a baby requiring special needs.
While people with Down syndrome share similar physical traits, each individual has different abilities. They typically experience intellectual and physical challenges, but can reach full and productive lives with the support of speech, occupational and physical therapy.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
FAS can occur when a pregnant mother drinks alcohol, passing it through the umbilical cord to their baby.
Alcohol exposure can prevent a baby from developing properly in the womb. There is no measure for a “safe” amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. Zero consumption is recommended.
Children born with FAS may have abnormal facial features, experience stunted growth and central nervous system problems. In addition, many people experience trouble with learning, speech, sight, and hearing throughout their lives.
There is no cure for FAS, but early treatment and ongoing support can help a child reach their full potential.
- Early diagnosis (before age 6)
- Stable home environment
- Absence of violence
- Special education and social services
Our multidisciplinary team of physicians and behavioral health specialists can help your child reach their individual potential.