Down Syndrome is one of the most common genetic conditions in the U.S. and one in every 691 babies is born each day with the genetic condition. Back in 2002, Hispanics had the highest percentages of babies born with Down Syndrome at 12.3% and those numbers haven’t gone down in the last 10 years.
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Down syndrome is a congenital disorder that arises from a chromosome effect, resulting in intellectual impairment and physical abnormalities, such as broad facial profile, short stature, low muscle tone, stocky limbs, small ears and/or slanted eyes. Some could develop other health problems, like heart defects, eye conditions, depression, hypothyroidism, celiac disease, respiratory infections or ADHD.
Currently, there are about 6,000 infants born with Down syndrome each year. One of the biggest reasons these numbers are going up is because the number of mothers having babies later in life. The prevalence of Down syndrome increases as the mother’s age increases. According to the National Down Syndrome Society, approximately 1 in 350, women 35 and older conceive a child with Down syndrome, 1 in 100 for women that are 40 and 1 in 30 for women 45 and older.