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Old 03-22-2006, 08:43 AM   #10
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Re: Am I Overly Concerned? Please Help

Welcome Thea!

Hi Kathy,

All I can suggest is to do whatever you're comfortable with. You could wait it out, and see if there are any other concerns, and if you don't see any, perhaps the tongue thrusting is only low jaw muscle tone. Doing a physical exam, as the doctors have done, cannot COMPLETELY determine whether the child has DS or not. They were just checking for physical characteristics. Some children may have DS and have very few physical characteristics. (such as my daughter). Your daughter always has the option of telling the doctor that she wants a blood test done to confirm the concerns you both may have.

And if either of you are concerned about the tongue, you may want to seek a speech pathologist out via your county or on your own to determine if it is low muscle tone. They helped my daughter out a huge deal!