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Down’s Syndrome

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that results in some level of learning disability and a particular range of physical characteristics. The condition is caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21 in a baby's cells.

Children with Down syndrome are all individuals. The effect that this extra genetic material has on each child's health and development varies a lot.

Children with Down syndrome are known to be at higher risk of developing some health conditions and sensory difficulties than other children. Possible health conditions can include heart, bowel, hearing, vision and thyroid gland difficulties. Although some of these can be serious many are not if they are recognised and well supported.

How we can help

Babies who have been diagnosed to have Down's Syndrome will be referred to have a medical appointment with the Paediatrican and will be followed up in a paediatric clinic.  Some babies have more complex medical problems and will also need to be seen by other specialists for example; heart specialist or feeding specialists.

These clinics will arrange the long term review of babies and children and ensure that their medical needs are all being met.

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