Babies with Down’s syndrome can sometimes gain weight slower than other babies. There are specific weight charts available for children with Down’s syndrome so that this can be monitored carefully, especially if your baby also has other medical issues that mean they might gain weight slower than usual.
Does Down syndrome affect weight?
Adolescents and adults with Down Syndrome tend to be shorter than their peers, and have a lower resting metabolic rate of 10-15% than the general population which further predisposes to weight gain.
What can cause slow weight gain in babies?
Several possible factors can cause slow weight gain, from a medical condition to social or financial hardship. Anything that interferes with a child’s access to food or ability to digest food can impair their growth.
Do Down syndrome babies have a hard time eating?
Children with Down Syndrome can encounter problems with feeding or swallowing due to physical, medical, or behavioral issues associated with their condition. Low muscle tone , sensory problems, food refusal, low endurance, or issues with oral motor skill development can all lead to problems that make eating difficult.
What are the signs of a baby with Down syndrome?
At birth, babies with Down syndrome usually have certain characteristic signs, including:
- flat facial features.
- small head and ears.
- short neck.
- bulging tongue.
- eyes that slant upward.
- atypically shaped ears.
- poor muscle tone.
What gender is Down syndrome most common in?
Down syndrome appears to be more common among boys than girls, the study indicates. The condition is also seen more frequently in Hispanic children at birth, though the number of these children appears to level off with that of white children as they age. Black children appear less likely to have Down syndrome.
Can someone with Down syndrome have normal intelligence?
I.Q. scores for people with Down syndrome vary, with the average cognitive delays being mild to moderate, not severe. In fact, normal intelligence is possible. If a person with Down syndrome has difficulty with hearing, it can be misinterpreted as a problem with understanding.
When should I be worried about my baby’s weight gain?
Other factors should be considered when a full-term baby is gaining weight slowly: Doesn’t gain about an ounce per day (30g/day) until 3 months of age. Doesn’t gain about 0.67 ounces per day (20g/day) between 3 and 6 months of age. Doesn’t regain birth weight by 10 to 14 days after birth.
How can I fatten up my baby?
Offer full-fat dairy products: Add grated cheese to soups or sprinkle it over rice and pasta to add the calories you’re looking for. Look for full-fat yogurts but skip the ones laden with sugar. Choose your fruits: Offer your baby bananas, pears, and avocados instead of apples and oranges.
What is considered an underweight baby?
If your baby weighs less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces), they have a low birth weight. Babies weighing less than 1,500 grams (3 pounds, 5 ounces) at birth are considered very low birth weight. Babies who weigh less than 1,000 grams (2 pounds, 3 ounces) are extremely low birth weight.
Are Down syndrome babies more fussy?
Leah answers this one. Just like any baby, infants who have Down syndrome will sometimes be fussy. The temperament of a baby with Down syndrome is not usually any different from the temperament of any other baby. There are other factors that determine if a newborn has Down syndrome.
Do Down syndrome babies stick their tongue out?
It is important to talk, sing, smile and make faces at your baby to encourage this development. Young babies often stick out their tongues and babies with Down’s syndrome seem to do so more.
Why do Down syndrome babies have trouble breastfeeding?
Extra patience and reasonable expectations are critical when breastfeeding a baby with Down syndrome. Low muscle tone, tongue thrusts, and a weak suck can affect the baby’s ability to breastfeed. Babies born with Down syndrome are often more sleepy and placid.
Can a baby with Down syndrome look normal?
Some of the children with Mosaic Down syndrome that we know do not actually look as if they have Down syndrome – the usual physical features are not obvious. This raises some important and difficult social issues and identity issues for both parents and children, which parents have discussed with us.
At what age do babies show signs of Down syndrome?
Signs and symptoms often start around age 50. Infections. People with Down syndrome may get sick more often because they tend to have weaker immune systems.
At what age is Down syndrome diagnosed?
This test is typically performed in the first trimester, between 10 and 13 weeks of pregnancy.