Welcoming a baby with special needs into your home can be a bittersweet experience. There’s the joy of creating a precious new life, one that you love unconditionally no matter what and then there’s the upcoming challenge of bringing up a child with special needs.
One of the most common anomaly in newborn babies in Down Syndrome.
Down Syndrome is a chromosomal disorder which affects around 2% of every 1000 children born and is usually seen in mothers older than 35 years. The main reason for DS is the development of 47 chromosomes instead of the normal 46. This extra chromosome in turn changes the order in which the baby’s brain and body develops, leading to Down Syndrome. Most kids born with DS behave much like a normal baby, with the differences becoming apparent as they grow older.
The Effects Of Down Syndrome
While a baby with DS behaves much like any other baby, there are some physical effects that you might notice. Here’s a handy list:
- Small head or other features like hands, ears, mouth, and fingers.
- Almond-like eyes with noticeable yet small, white, moon-shaped markings on the irises.
- An increased possibility of congenital heart defects
- Single palmar crease in either hand, or in some cases, both.
Looking for baby care tips for babies with special needs like Down Syndrome? We have got you covered:
- Like we mentioned above, kids born with DS can a higher risk of having heart defects. To always be on the safer side, you should get their echocardiogram done within the first two weeks of their birth. An echocardiogram involves an ultrasound test to check the soundness of your baby’s heart.
- This next tip is more psychological than physical, but don’t treat a baby with Down Syndrome any differently than you would any other baby. You might not know this but babies are very receptive and they need to feel loved and protected no matter what. Celebrate their arrival, bring your family and friends to meet the baby, and ensure that you make them feel loved and wanted.
- Patience should become like second nature for you. Given that babies with DS require special attention, you will need to be on the top of your parenting game at all times and work your butts off to ensure that all the needs of your baby are well taken care of.
This was our short guide on everything related to babies with special needs. You can also visit a doctor for more information or download BabyBerry app to help answer any questions that you might have about baby care.