If your baby is born with
Down syndrome, you will likely have many questions and
strong emotions. Your doctor can help answer your questions. And he or she can guide you to
appropriate resources to help you manage your feelings and plan for your
child's long-term care needs.
Your doctor will talk to you about various issues during
your baby's scheduled checkups. In addition to talking about health problems, your doctor may talk with you about concerns like:
Feelings that you have about your child's facial
appearance and low muscle tone.
How to tell other family members and
friends about your child's condition.
Where to get more information
about Down syndrome. The more you know and understand about the condition, the
better you can care for and support your child. For information about online
resources and organizations, see the Other Places to Get Help section of the
topic Down Syndrome.
How to build a good support system. Discuss
the support you have in family and friends. Other families in your area that
have children who have Down syndrome also can provide support and
Healthy ways to cope with this lifelong
What precautions you can take to prevent colds and other
respiratory infections. A narrow nose and air passages make children with Down
syndrome prone to minor blockages from mucus during respiratory infections. A
stuffy nose forces your child to breathe through the mouth. This dries out the
mucous membranes and increases the chance of an upper respiratory infection.
Also, discuss the immunizations that your child will need.
your child in an early-intervention program, if one is available in your area.
An early-intervention program (for babies and children younger than 3 years)
monitors and encourages development.
Other treatments for Down
syndrome that you may have heard about. There are several controversial
treatments that have not been proved to work or that are of questionable
benefit. Talk with your doctor before trying a treatment that your doctor has
not specifically recommended.
If you have more concerns about your chance of having another child
with Down syndrome, talk with your doctor or a genetic counselor at this time. You may want to discuss
how the condition may be diagnosed during pregnancy.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.