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Posted by Cheryl on June 07, 2000 at 10:30:35:

In Reply to: Down Syndrome posted by Dana on June 02, 2000 at 20:28:20:

: One 6/1/00, my niece gave birth to a beautiful little girl who has been daignosed with Down Syndrome. Outside the fact that it is a genetic defect caused by an extra chromosome, we really know very little about it. Right now, the pediatrician has stated that she is developmentally normal for a newborn except for the slanted eyes and extra skin on the neck. What more should we look for or expect?

Hi Dana,

It's hard to tell you what to expect! Just like, for a lack of a better word, Normal kids, you can't really put expectations on these kids! Mine son now 5 does so much more then I was told to expect and depending on the doctor and how he feels you could be really surprised! I was told he would never feed himself, dress himself or talk! He's now getting ready for kindergarten, Has known his colors, shapes, ABC's and can count to 100 for a few years now! Doesn't sound anything like the doctor told me to expect! He dresses himself just fine, And undresses even better*S* he loves to take a bath and knows how to get it ready if I would let him*S* The only real advice I can give you is just expect to bring home a precious little baby!!! Expect the baby to grow into a toddler that will go thru terrible twos stage! Expect the baby to try to get away with everything any other child thinks they can do when Mom and Dad aren't looking! These kids are really more like any other then not, with the exception of health problems and then that doesn't always apply! My son is very healthy, more so then his older brother was at his age*S* Just enjoy being a new parent*S*

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