Symptoms of Down Syndrome in Babies and Children

Approximately one in 700 babies is born with Down syndrome, making it the most common chromosomal condition in the United States. “People with Down syndrome have an extra copy of chromosome 21,” says Amy Houtrow, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s Rehabilitation Institute and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Council on Children with Disabilities. This additional genetic material disrupts typical mental and physical development, and it may […]

What Facts Parents Should Know About Down Syndrome

You’ve most likely met people with Down syndrome, but you might not know much about the chromosomal condition that affects one in 700 individuals. In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, which takes place every October, we’ve rounded up some Down syndrome facts that every parent should know. Keep reading to learn more about the causes, risk factors, symptoms, treatment options, and more. Down syndrome is named after John Langdon Down. The British physician first […]

A Baby’s Chances Of Having Down Syndrome

Doctors understand the chromosomal abnormalities behind Down syndrome, but they still can’t pinpoint exactly why it occurs. Here’s what experts know about a baby’s chances of having Down syndrome. Characterized by an array of physical and intellectual symptoms, Down syndrome affects one in 700 babies today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And though researchers have pinpointed the chromosomal abnormalities that cause Down syndrome, they still don’t know much about why […]

Woman with Down syndrome models for skincare line

Grace Strobel launched her modeling dreams in St. Louis, posing for photos that later went viral. Now, the Chesterfield woman is breaking another barrier: she is the first American model with Down syndrome to represent a skincare line, according to a news release. Obagi is featuring Strobel as part of its Skinclusion initiative. “After speaking with Grace, we knew we wanted to bring her into the Obagi family,” said Jaime Castle, Obagi president and member […]

Trump Recognizes Down Syndrome Awareness Month

President Trump issued a proclamation Thursday recognizing National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, urging the nation to protect and empower individuals with Down syndrome and oppose those who “discriminate, devalue, and demean the sanctity of their lives.” October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. “As our society progresses toward a more inclusive future, there are still those who pass judgment on which lives are worth living,” the proclamation says. “As President, I denounce radical proposals to terminate […]