Down’s syndrome is a chromosomal abnormality (an extra chromosome) producing the characteristic facial features of its former name: “Mongolism” along with mental retardation. This name, of course, is now “politically incorrect”.
Affected individuals have an extra number 21 chromosome, instead of 23 pairs giving a total of 47 instead of 46. Another name for this disorder is “Trisomy 21”.
The incidence increases sharply from 1:650 to 1:40 with advancing age of the mother, so a defect in egg formation appears to be involved. Amniocentesis is usually recommended in this age group.
Signs & Symptoms
Besides the “mongoloid” appearance which is identifiable at birth, and mental retardation (an IQ range between 30 and 80), the Down’s child is also more likely to have other morbid conditions, involving the neck, heart and intestinal tract.
The mental retardation may be further complicated by deafness and the characteristic large tongue compounds speech difficulties.
All in all some progress in longevity has been made, so that more children survive into early middle age.
Structure & Function: Nutrients for Brain Support
Amino Acid Complex** CoQ10 10 mg EPO* Garlic* Kelp* Lecithin 2,400 mg capsules Vitamin B Complex* Vitamin C 3,000 mg Vitamin E 400 IU Zinc 50 mg
*Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.
** Free Form Amino Acids are preferred
Note 1: Liquid or spray forms are recommended because of difficulty in swallowing.
Note 2: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.
A balanced, wholesome diet is important. Vegetable protein and whole grains are emphasized.
This approach, together with supplements, originated with Dr. Henry Turkel in the 1950s but trials are still being undertaken to establish its validity, scientifically.
Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies may be single strength (of fairly weak potency e.g. 6X ) or a blend of several weaker strengths (6X, 8X, 10X).
This may comprise a single remedy, or several remedies.
Doses are administered on a 3 times daily (tid), between meals,schedule and continued for 3 days.
Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose.
Solid preparations are usually 2 or 3 pellets per dose.
Children use 1/2 dose i.e. 1 pellet.
If there is aggravation of the symptoms, stop taking the remedy and consult a homeopath.
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Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.
Aromatherapy - Essential Oils
Essential oils are deemed to play an important role, partly from the child being given the opportunity to select his/her own fragrance.
Everyday essences would form a good selection from which to choose, including:
Lemon Essence, Orange Essence, Spearmint Essence.
Related Health ConditionsAbstracts
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