Most of the time, Down syndrome isnt inherited. Its caused by a mistake in cell division during early development of the fetus. Translocation Down syndrome can be passed from parent to child.
What gender is most likely to get Down syndrome?
Down syndrome appears to be more common among boys than girls, the study indicates. The condition is also seen more frequently in Hispanic children at birth, though the number of these children appears to level off with that of white children as they age. Black children appear less likely to have Down syndrome.
Can doctors tell if a newborn has Down syndrome?
Down syndrome can also be diagnosed after a baby is born. Clinicians can usually tell if a baby should be tested for Down syndrome based on a physical examination. The first test, a rapid blood test (FISH), confirms the presence of extra material from chromosome 21.