Monday, October 18, 2010

31 for 21, Day 18

Down Syndrome fact of the day, taken from
"Many children with Down syndrome have health complications beyond the usual childhood illnesses. Approximately 40% of the children have congenital heart defects. It is very important that an echocardiogram be performed on all newborns with Down syndrome in order to identify any serious cardiac problems that might be present. Some of the heart conditions require surgery while others only require careful monitoring. Children with Down syndrome have a higher incidence of infection, respiratory, vision and hearing problems as well as thyroid and other medical conditions. However, with appropriate medical care most children and adults with Down syndrome can lead healthy lives."

Austin has a VSD (hole in his heart) that we are currently "watching." If it doesn't close on its own by the time he's 2, he will need surgery to correct it. The VSD doesn't slow him down. It seems there's very little that does slow Austin down. I guess that would explain why I'm one tired Mommy. We have a lot of fun; it's all worth it. I wouldn't have it any other way.


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