Newborns with Down Syndrome

Babies with Down Syndrome often have poor muscle tone and a tongue that sticks out. Therefore, feeding babies with Down Syndrome usually takes longer. Mothers breast-feeding infants with Down Syndrome should seek advice from an expert on breast feeding to make sure the baby is getting enough nutrition.

Poor muscle tone can cause constipation in babies. Also, a malformation of the upper part of the spine located under the base of the skull, which is present in some individuals with Down Syndrome, can cause compression of the spinal cord if it is not treated properly.

Medical care for infants with Down Syndrome should include the same well-baby care that other infants receive. In addition, special attention should be paid to problems that are more common in children with Down Syndrome.

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Resources:

National Down Syndrome Society
Developmental Milestones of Children with DownSyndrome

Center for Disease Control
Birth Defects: FAQ

National Down Syndrome Congress
Down Syndrome Fact Brochure