Down Syndrome - Symptoms
There are more than 50 features of
Down syndrome. But not every person with Down syndrome has all the same features or health problems. Some features and problems are common.
Body shape and size
- Short stature (height). A child often grows slowly and
is shorter than average as an adult.
- Weak muscles (hypotonia) throughout the body. Weak belly muscles
also make the stomach stick out.
- A short, wide neck. The neck may have excess
fat and skin.
- Short, stocky arms and legs. Some children also have a wide
space between the big toe and second toe.
Face shape and features
- Slanted eyes. Tissue may also build up on the colored part of the eye
(iris). But the
child's vision is not affected by this buildup.
nasal bridge that looks pushed in. The nasal bridge is the flat area between
the nose and eyes.
- Small ears. And they may be set low on the head.
shaped mouth and tongue. The child's tongue may partly stick out. The roof of
the mouth (palate) may be narrow and high with a downward curve.
- Irregular and crooked teeth. Teeth often come in late
and not in the same order that other children's teeth come in.
Health problems related to Down syndrome, such as:
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 20, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this
© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.