Children with Down syndrome have diverse medical needs and are at higher risk for developing certain health conditions. At Children's Health℠, our experts specialize in caring for children with Down syndrome and are committed to providing compassionate support to your family.
Pediatric Down syndrome is a condition that is caused by extra genetic material. It’s one of the most common genetic conditions in the United States. The extra genetic material often causes delays in physical and mental development. It also increases the risk of developing other health issues, like heart defects, eye diseases and hearing problems.
Children with Down syndrome often look and act differently than children who don’t have Down syndrome. Mild to moderate intellectual disability and distinctive physical features are common in children with Down syndrome.
Physical characteristics may include:
Mental, developmental and behavioral symptoms may include:
Down syndrome is typically diagnosed before a child is born during prenatal screening or with diagnostic tests. If not diagnosed during pregnancy, it may be diagnosed in the first 24 hours of life. Neither screening or diagnostic testing can determine the full impact Down syndrome will have on a baby.
Pediatric Down syndrome happens when a baby is born with an extra chromosome (genetic material). Doctors don’t know why this happens, but there are many risk factors.
Treatment for Down syndrome focuses on addressing associated health problems. Some of the most common health problems children with Down syndrome have include:
Treatment for children with Down syndrome usually includes:
Our team will work closely with you to make sure your child is receiving the best care possible for their medical, developmental and behavioral concerns. Each child is different and will have a unique care plan that meets their individual needs.
Our dedicated Pediatric Down Syndrome Clinic provides specialty care focusing on the health and developmental issues of babies, children and teens with Down syndrome.
Our team consists of multiple specialists who have diverse training and experience in caring for children with Down syndrome. We understand the unique health care needs of children with Down syndrome and are here to provide compassionate care.
There is no way to prevent this genetic condition, but it can be detected during pregnancy with prenatal testing.
No, there is no cure. However, with proper care, children with Down syndrome can live a happy, healthy life.
The three most common types of Down syndrome include:
The different types of Down syndrome will be reviewed with you during your first visit with the genetic counselor.