The neonatologist attending to your baby will identify the syndrome soon after birth. If diagnosis is not possible immediately, then consult a pediatrician at follow-up.
2. When should I consult a pediatrician?
You should visit a pediatrician as soon as you see symptoms such as a severe heart defect, cleft palate or a combination of other factors typical of DiGeorge syndrome.
If neither of the parents have the condition, then the chance is 1 in 100 (1%). However, if either of the parents have the condition, then the chance increases to 1 in 2 (50%).
4. What are the chances of survival of children suffering from DiGeorge syndrome?
The mortality rate of children suffering from DiGeorge syndrome is 4%, and most survive into adulthood.
5. Can DiGeorge syndrome be prevented?
No. However, the symptoms can be controlled by proper treatment.