World Down Syndrome Day: Things you should know about Down syndrome

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World Down Syndrome Day
World Down Syndrome Day

Down syndrome is a serious problem for children as their physical development is not as common as other healthy children. Their brains do not work as normal children. Many times, some distortions are seen in their personality, but such children can be given normal life with love and good care.

Down syndrome is a genetic problem, which is caused by chromosomes. Generally, fetuses get 46 chromosomes in pregnancy in which 23 is of mother’s and 23 is of father’s. But in Down syndrome there are 47 chromosomes that slow down mental and physical development of a child.

At birth, babies with Down syndrome usually have some characteristic signs, including

World Down Syndrome Day
World Down Syndrome Day
  • Decreased or poor muscle tone
  • Short neck
  • Excess skin at the back of the neck
  • Flattened facial profile and nose
  • Upward slanting eyes
  • Small head, ears, and mouth
  • Wide, short hands
  • Short fingers
  • Down syndrome can also cause deformities in the backbone of  children.
  • Some children may have a problem of digestion and kidney related problems.
  • Low hearing-ability

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day
World Down Syndrome Day

The World Down syndrome day is celebrated on March 21 internationally. This is a global awareness day which is being officially celebrated by the United Nations since 2012.

Love & care is the only treatment

World Down Syndrome Day
World Down Syndrome Day

Its complete treatment is not possible. Love is the only treatment. The child should be given an environment in which he can try to live a normal life. Experts can give help for mental and intellectual development.

They need care

World Down Syndrome Day
World Down Syndrome Day

Due to physical and mental problems these children take little longer time to learn, but it is not that these children can’t learn. They just need some support of parents and society. They can do all those things, which normal children do.

To honor people suffering from Down syndrome, here are best quotes about disability to help you celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.

World Down Syndrome Day
World Down Syndrome Day

* ‘Your child has taught you to see the world through the eyes of unconditional love.’ – Nancy Dyer

* ‘Concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.’ – Stephen Hawking

* No disability or dictionary out there is capable of clearly defining who we are as a person.’ – Robert M Hensel

World Down Syndrome Day
World Down Syndrome Day

* ‘When you have a disability, knowing that you are not defined by it is the sweetest feeling.’ – Anne Wafula Strike

* ‘The only disability in life is a bad attitude.’ – Scott Hamilton

* ‘Let’s stop “tolerating” or “accepting” difference, as if we’re so much better for not being different in the first place. Instead, let’s celebrate difference, because in this world it takes a lot of guts to be different.’ – Kate Bornstein

World Down Syndrome Day
World Down Syndrome Day

* ‘Having Down syndrome is like being born normal. I am just like you and you are just like me. We are all born in different ways, that is the way I can describe it. I have a normal life. Chris Burke

* ‘I choose not to place “DIS”, in my ability.’ – Robert M Hense

* ‘You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.’
— William Faulkner

World Down Syndrome Day
World Down Syndrome Day

* ‘I have two children. I have a Down syndrome child whom I love very much, and my wife that I love.’ Sebastiao Salgado

* ‘Some days are better. Some are worse. Look for the blessing instead of the curse. Be positive, stay strong, and get enough rest. You can’t do it all, but you can do your best.” — Doe Zantamata (via Karen Prewitt)

* ‘Parents of children with special needs create their own world of happiness and believe in things that others cannot yet see.”

* ‘The disability is not the problem. The accessibility is the problem”- Mohamed Jemni

Watch Video: Things you should know about Down syndrome

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