Children with Down Syndrome

A child with Down Syndrome is often slow to turn over, sit, stand, and respond. This may be related to the child’s poor muscle tone. Verbal skills may take longer to develop, compared to other children, and may not reach the level some parents would like. But children with Down Syndrome usually do develop the communication skills they need. In fact, many children with Down Syndrome can fit well into regular classes at school. 

During the early years of life, children with Down Syndrome are 10 to 15 times more likely than other children to develop leukemia, a disease that can be fatal.  Children with Down Syndrome tend to develop respiratory infections that keep coming back, middle ear infections and tonsillitis (infected tonsils). Children with Down Syndrome also get pneumonia more frequently than most other children.

Common Health Problems by Age Group:

Common Health Problems in Newborns with Down Syndrome

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National Down Syndrome Congress
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