What are the treatment options for Down syndrome?

Early intervention programs 
Services early in life will often help babies and children with Down syndrome. Available in most states, these special programs offer stimulation at an early age with appropriate sensory, motor and cognitive activities. Most services focus on helping children with Down syndrome develop to their full potential in physical and intellectual abilities.
 
Ask your health care provider about early intervention programs in your area. Programs vary, but usually involve therapists and special educators whose goal is to help patients develop motor skills, language, social skills and self-help skills through speech, occupational, and physical therapy. 
 
 
Team care
Rely on a team of specialists that, depending on particular needs, to provide medical care and help develop skills as fully as possible. Your team may include some of these experts:
 
  • Primary care pediatrician to coordinate and provide routine childhood care
  • Pediatric cardiologist
  • Pediatric gastroenterologist
  • Pediatric endocrinologist
  • Developmental pediatrician
  • Pediatric neurologist
  • Pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist
  • Pediatric eye doctor (ophthalmologist)
  • Audiologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Speech pathologist
  • Occupational therapist
 
Down syndrome treatment
 
 

Sources:
  • "Facts about Down Syndrome." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 03 Mar. 2016. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.
  • "Down Syndrome." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 19 Apr. 2014. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.

 

 

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