Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome is the most common birth defect, caused by 3 copies (trisomy) of Chromosome 21. Children with Down Syndrome have a flattened nose and eyes that slant upward. They have short, broad fingers and may have a single crease in the palm. Most children with Down Syndrome are developmentally delayed and don't reach average adult height. Many have heart defects and problems with the digestive tract.

This section includes information on Down Syndrome and:

  • adolescence
  • autism
  • breastfeeding a baby with Down Syndrome
  • diabetes
  • digestive disorders
  • seizures
  • speech
  • toilet training
  • sexuality

Visit these websites for more information:

Down Syndrome - U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health

Down Syndrome: Health Issues - Len Leshin, M.D., F.A.A.P. - National Down Syndrome Congress

NDSS - National Down Syndrome Society

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