In Saturday's post I discussed how Nathan's health could've been affected by a heart defect, digestive malformations, and frequent respiratory infections. Today, I'll focus on some other common health concerns among persons with Ds - vision, hearing, thyroid, and cancer.
Nathan will probably experience some sort of vision problem within his lifetime. Approximately, 70% of children with Ds have a vision related concern that could include being cross eyed. It is also likely that Nathan will have some level of hearing loss - it may be a selective hearing problem but so far so good! I'll keep you posted on this one.
Nathan has had several hearing tests and is scheduled for a retest in November. Nathan has also visited the pediatric opthomologist and his vision was within the "normal range" for a child of Nathan's age.
Hypothyroidism is also a concern among those with Ds - Nathan was tested at birth and the results were fine. He was tested again this week and we're currently awaiting those results.
THE BIG ONE - the incidence of Leukemia is 15 to 20% higher for children with Ds. This literally keeps me up at night and we pray that God spares Nathan of this challenge. Please keep him in your prayers. I'm not sure of the exact test date but I think it's somewhere around 15 months old.
That's it for today! In Part III, we'll move away from the straight medical concerns and talk about dental concerns, developmental delays, and mental capacity. Stay tuned!
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