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Most cases are believed to occur during the development of the egg or sperm.
Parents of a child with this syndrome should have genetic counseling and testing to determine if one parent has a change in chromosome 5. Your provider will discuss your baby's symptoms with you.
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There is no cure, but treatments (including speech therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy) can help the child to reach their full potential. The symptoms in a newborn baby can include: No one knows what causes the deletion of certain genes on chromosome 5.
Sometimes, material from another chromosome is missing as well.They have moderate intellectual disability, with varying degrees of speech delay and some health problems, but most master walking some time before the age of six.It is impossible to predict whether or not a newborn baby with cri du chat syndrome will be mildly, moderately or severely affected.Around one in every 50,000 or so babies is diagnosed with this disorder. With more advanced and frequent genetic testing, and many more milder cases being diagnosed, it may be as low as one in 25,000. Other names for this condition include cat-cry syndrome, 5P minus syndrome and Le Jeune’s syndrome.
Chromosomes are responsible for our inherited characteristics such as eye colour.
Amniocentesis is usually performed in the first trimester of pregnancy. Some children are only mildly affected, and reach their developmental milestones, such as walking and talking, at the usual ages. Other children are profoundly intellectually disabled, unable to walk or talk, and suffer from related health problems and a reduced life span.