Children with down’s syndrome have some common physical features which includes almond-shaped eyes that slant upwards, short neck, a flattened face, especially the bridge of the nose, small ears, a tongue that tends to stick out of the mouth, tiny white spots on the iris (colored part) of the eye.
Other peculiar features are small hands and feet, poor muscle tone or loose joints, palmar crease which is a single line across the palm of the hand, small pinky fingers that sometimes curve toward the thumb, and short height as children and adults.
At birth, babies with down’s syndrome are often the same size as other babies, but their growth is slow as compared to others. It is because they often have less muscle tone, may seem floppy, and have trouble holding their heads up, but this usually gets better with time. Low muscle tone can also mean babies have a hard time sucking and feeding, which can affect their weight.
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