Not many people are familiar with the physical traits of a person with Down syndrome. Honestly, before Molly was born – I didn’t know much at all. Since my daughter Molly’s birth, I’ve become educated in the physical traits that come along with her diagnosis. Some are very noticeable, while others are a little harder to see.
It’s important to remember that each person with Down syndrome is a unique individual, each carrying varying degrees of the traits. Some of the physical characteristics of Down syndrome are
- Low muscle tone – Molly’s muscles are somewhat weak, physical therapy and exercise are extremely helpful for her.
- A single crease across the palm of the hand – I still haven’t found one on Molly.
- Small stature – From what doctor’s have told us, Molly is on target in terms of height/weight with normally developing children her age.
- Upward slant to the eyes – My Molly has beautiful almond shaped eyes!
- A wide gap between the first and second toe – Sometimes I think I see it in Molly, other times I don’t.
- An enlarged tongue in relation to the mouth – Molly’s speech therapy is helpful in teaching control, feeding and speech.
What questions do you have for me? While I’m definitely not an expert in this area, I enjoy the conversation that typically develops in the comments section!