These days, babies born with Down Syndrome are monitored, from birth, with regular blood tests to keep an eye on their thyroid function. Felix had his checked twice in his first year of life and has annual blood tests now. If any abnormality is detected, these children will be medicated straight away and their parents will sometimes take them to a nutritionist to talk about ways to help control excessive weight gain, and healthy eating. We're so lucky that Medical research has advanced so much over the past 20 years, and these sorts of issues can be monitored, and detected early, to give our kids the best chance of a healthy life. Felix's generation, of people with Down Syndrome, will likely have less weight gain issues due to early detection of thyroid abnormalities. So far Felix's thyroid function has been normal, but we'll definitely be keeping an eye on it.
|Concentrating hard on his ipad.|
I was changing the sheets on my bed this afternoon. What is usually a fairly quick job to do, turned into a fun, but time consuming one. Felix thinks it's hilarious when I shake out the clean sheets to spread them over the bed. He laughs his head off and tries to run underneath the sheets. I haven't got the heart to make the bed when he's having so much fun, so I waved the sheets around until my arms hurt. He stood underneath them and giggled and giggled, reaching his hands above his head to touch them. He was a very big helper when I had to put the pillowcases on the pillows. He pushed the pillows with all his might to get them inside the case and very proudly lifted them up and put them back on the bed when they were done. Such a cutie!