what does thickening on the back of the neck means?

Daniela - posted on 08/08/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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what can happened when the ultrasound shows that my baby has thickening on the back of the neck ? what are the consecuenses to this/?//????

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Daniela - posted on 08/14/2011

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well i thank all of you for your words they are of some confort to me .. but i can only move forwards and within time i will see how everything turns out :) but it is conforting to know that he does not have any heart problems or anything else from what the dctrs said he is developing verry good so that is great :)

Kellie - posted on 08/14/2011

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Here are some links to sites with some Information about Downs.

http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/gen...

http://www.cddh.monash.org/assets/downsy...

You need to be proactive in their life, and do things such as Physical Therapy (Water Physio is excellent) and they can have health issues such as heart problems.

I personally would also think of who will care for them once I'm gone, while people with Downs can certainly grow up to become independent people, they do generally need some level of help in everyday life.

Jenn - posted on 08/14/2011

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I can't believe they suggested abortion as an option!! They have no way of telling if your baby will have Downs until baby is born and even then they will not be able to assess the severity of Downs until baby is older. I know you must be sooo scared and anxious about your future and your family but if it is of any comfort, every child with Downs that I have known is an incredibly sweet, loving human being.

Jodi - posted on 08/14/2011

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Oh wow Daniela, what a difficult time for you. I was offered an amnio when I had my daughter, simply because of my age, and I chose not to because there is no way, no matter what the result, I could have aborted anyway. But to do this as a single mother, that's tough for you all.

DO you have family and friends as a support network? Perhaps you need to try and find a support group in your area?

I wish you all the best :)

Daniela - posted on 08/14/2011

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yes they did do a amino and did come out positive they also said i could have a abortion but i am totally against it so i decided to have my baby just worried i guess to what to expect .......... i have two boys already this is my third but i am a single mother and just traying to figure out what is going to happened and how i am going to handle the situation.......

Jenn - posted on 08/08/2011

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Oh yes. When I had my first baby, her amnio came back with a probability of Down's. Then my OB did a regular ultrasound and was concerned so he referred me to a specialist who could show me in detail how my baby was developing. It was fascinating! He knew exactly what to look for though he reminded me that even his examination was an educated guess and we never know the true health until baby is born. (She turned out perfectly healthy, no Down's whatsoever)

Jodi - posted on 08/08/2011

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I didn't know that Jenn!! Goes to show how long ago I had a baby - those things didn't exists :P

Jenn - posted on 08/08/2011

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You can request a referral to a specialist who will have better ultrasound like 4D to really see your baby and make more accurate measurements.

Jodi - posted on 08/08/2011

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Yes, it sounds like checking for downs syndrome. I think you should have a further talk to your doctor. It is only a sign it *might* be down syndrome, but the test isn't a definitive answer, and not always terribly accurate. However, I am surprised he didn't offer you an amnio if there was concern? Maybe he did?

Daniela - posted on 08/08/2011

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is just that im almost due and im nerves i dnt know what to expect i find myself alone and need some confort .. but the good thing is that my dctr said hes heart and kidney are fine he is a healthy boy is just the back of hes neck is thiker than usual and concidered a down cyndrome

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