I once gave birth to a child with Down syndrome … and 6 months old died … now I want to have another child … Will my child be DS again?
Hello Rima, thank you for asking to HealthReplies.com.
Let me introduce myself, Dr. Rio will try to answer your question.
Down syndrome is a congenital abnormality where the child will have a very low level of intelligence and have typical physical abnormalities such as Mongolian face.
The cause of this disorder is the occurrence of genetic mutations on the 21st chromosome. This causes permanent genetic disorders. Children will be severely stunted in their growth and development, and have special needs. Children with Down syndrome must be treated properly, so that later children can at least be able to carry out daily activities independently such as eating, bathing, defecating, etc., even though the disorder cannot be cured.
Some risk factors that have a very strong relationship with the birth of a child with Down syndrome are pregnant women at the age of> 40 years, the older the age of the pregnant mother will increase the risk of the disease. Apart from that, a family history of Down syndrome also increases the risk of this disease.
Responding to the problem you are asking, you are still more likely to have a child with Down syndrome because you have a history of having a child with Downs Syndrome. Right now what you can do is:
Control your pregnancy routinely to the obstetrician to prevent recurring events in your child. Inadequate daily nutritional needs of pregnant women. High consumption of food. Consumption of supplements containing iron and folic acid (usually given by a doctor when in control). Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption. That's all the answers I can give,
Thank you very much :)