The Physical Characteristics of Down Syndrome

Getting back to education on Down syndrome, today I will blog about the physical features of Down syndrome. Tomorrow I will write about the cognitive impacts and then following day I’ll write about the health impacts. A little series for you!

Down syndrome can cause some pretty distinct physical characteristics. Most of us, whether we are personally familiar with Down syndrome or not, can pick a person with Down syndrome out of a crowd. Physical features (taken from WebMD) include:

  • low muscle tone
  • flat facial features with a small nose
  • small ears


  • upward slanted eyes
  • small folds of skin on the inner corners of the eyes
  • brushfield spots – little white or grey spots in the iris. Unfortunately Gigi’s are light, but I met a beautiful girl named Ava over the weekend who had a lot in her blue eyes, it looked like they were speckled with glitter. Moving on…


  • single crease across the center of the palm


  • Hyperflexibility (excessive ability to extend joints)


  • extra space between the big toe and the rest of the toes
  • short stature

There are a few others but these are among the most common ones. Not all individuals with Down syndrome have these characteristics and some people who don’t have Down syndrome can have these features.

October is Down syndrome awareness month. This month I am participating in a blog challenge for Down syndrome awareness. Click the link below to see a list of more blogs posting for Down syndrome awareness during the month of October…

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