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Oxidative stress and inflammation are toxic to neurons and can lead to the death of brain cells. Since this occurs more often in the brain of someone with T21 — and is reported to happen even before birth — a good antioxidant is important to use. Fortunately, blueberries are one of the most powerful antioxidants

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For Jett’s lunch, I keep it simple and I haven’t gotten any complaints. His drink container is the durable,  nontoxic, steel Foogo straw cup that has silicone on the upper part of the straw and I buy this silicone straw that replaces the plastic one that comes with it. (I do cut the straw to

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What’s the best first shoe for your baby? Well, going barefoot is best since it provides the best grip, and therefore stability, on the floor as well as tactile stimulation while walking, but it’s not always practical or socially acceptable. So you want to find the shoe that mimics bare feet as closely as possible.

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Nature’s Perfect Food Breastfeeding is excellent for many reasons. Not only is breast milk full of easy to digest nutrition, nursing will help develop your baby’s jaw and facial structure, which is a huge issue with our low toned/small mouthed babies. The feel-good and bonding hormones released in breast milk is helpful to counteract symptoms

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3 year old Jett and Mommy’s growing tummy As for prenatal supplementation, there’s a lot you can do and need to do as a mom carrying a baby with Down syndrome (referred to as “you” “us” or “we”). I wrote this while six months pregnant with my second child and acted as if the baby

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For the typical population, and some kids with T21, I prefer teaching them to read phonetically. But, for most children with T21, I recommend teaching them to recognize and read whole words, otherwise known as “sight words” (even though that’s really a misnomer, we’ll use that phrase here anyway). Teaching kids to read sight words

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I’m always on the lookout for a safe way to help our children generate more brain cells (neurogenesis). It’s important to support neurogenesis for this population because, in the aging brains of people with Down syndrome, it’s been found that self-destruction of brain cells (apoptosis) occurs more quickly than it should (some apoptosis is okay

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