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A guide for parents of children with Down syndrome published in Chennai

ByKeith M. Jones

Mar 21, 2022

Doctors say if the syndrome is identified at birth, early intervention may be beneficial

Doctors say if the syndrome is identified at birth, early intervention may be beneficial

The District Early Intervention Center (DEIC), the Institute for Social Pediatrics at Government Stanley Medical College Hospital, released a parent awareness guide on Monday to mark World Down Syndrome Awareness Day.

Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal abnormality characterized by an extra pair on chromosome 21 (trisomy 21). It is estimated that the incidence of Down syndrome was around 1 in 1,000 live births and the estimated life expectancy of the affected person was around 50 to 60 years. As the age of the mother increases, the incidence of Down syndrome in their newborn increases. Although there is no cure for Down syndrome, proper education and care have been shown to improve quality of life, according to a statement.

According to doctors, prenatal screening for Down syndrome was carried out if a woman pregnant with the first child was between 33 and 35 years old. Down syndrome could be identified during the first trimester of gestation. If identified at birth, early intervention may be beneficial.

About 40 children with Down syndrome were registered with the hospital’s DEIC. The Down syndrome guide included do’s and don’ts for parents.

DEIC had a multidisciplinary team that includes professionals trained in speech therapy, physiotherapy, optometry and dental. Children with growth hormone deficiency received an injection of recombinant growth hormone provided by the National Health Mission-Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation.

R. Narayana Babu, director of medical education, published the guide. Drawing, dancing, painting and craft competitions were organized for children and prizes were distributed.

The importance of this year’s theme “Inclusion Means” was highlighted.

P. Balaji, Dean of Government Stanley Medical College Hospital, and Rema Chandramohan, Director of the Institute of Social Pediatrics, participated. Members of the Rotary Club of Madras Temple City attended, the statement said.