The early years of a child’s life are particularly fun as they discover and learn about the world around them. Children with Down syndrome need the same love, care and attention expected by any toddler. In addition, many parents pursue therapies to help their child’s development. Intellectual, language and motor delays are common among children with Down syndrome, but there are services available to support their learning and help them prepare for school. With a little help, many children with Down syndrome reach milestones on a fairly typical schedule. Others just need a little more time.
Your family physician and your local health region can help you access for your child:
- physical therapy to help muscle tone development
- speech therapy
While the medical conditions for which doctors test babies at birth should be monitored, young children with Down syndrome should also be checked for digestive system disorders, sleep apnea and an x-ray of the neck area for Atlantoaxial instability.