#DidYouKnow that approximately 40 to 60 percent of all infants with Down Syndrome have some type of heart defect. Ryan has a Tetralogy of Fallot, which is a heart defect with four characteristics: a hole between the bottom two chambers (VSD), an overriding aorta (the larger artery taking blood to the body is on top of both ventricles, instead of just the left), pulmonary stenosis (a narrow pulmonary valve, carries blood from the heart to the lungs), and hypertrophy (the right ventricle becomes thicker and more muscular than normal from working harder to pump blood through the narrow pulmonary valve). Babies with Down syndrome also have smaller mid facial areas, including nasal and sinus passages, contributing to more colds and sinus infections. Some babies with Down syndrome may have a decreased immune response to bacteria and viruses. We don’t want him to catch even the slightest cold and earn a hospital stay.
All that being said! I got this random package in the mail today with this awesome stop sign for his stroller/car seat! If I said to just not breathe in this area it would be perfect, but I guess that might be too harsh. I am a little coocoo when it comes to him getting sick. I almost flipped a table over the other day when a random lady just started talking all up in his stroller. So I’m super thankful that this neat little thing came today!