How can I manage the symptoms of Down syndrome on a daily basis?

Participating in a support group of parents with down syndrome, regular check ups with your primary care doctor and paying close attention to new developments in your child. Also subtle changes in your child's behavior may be a clue to new developments or symptoms in your child's health. This may be your child's only way to express to you that they are not feeling well.

Down syndrome is a disorder related to a number of physical and cognitive conditions. The type of conditions present will determine the best course of action for managing one's health. For instance, several conditions are chronic, such as hypothyroidism, and would require daily medication. Others are geared toward certain stages of child development and may require the help of therapists to assist children in meeting communication and movement milestones during the early years of life.

No matter what conditions are present, it is best to seek out specialists who have had experience with Down syndrome and who can help a patient maintain general health and wellness.

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