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Down syndrome is a genetic condition caused by having an extra chromosome. It affects a baby's development. Children who have this condition may share similar features and have certain health issues. As they grow, they may learn to talk later than other children and have some intellectual disability. But with care and support, most people with Down syndrome can live full, healthy lives.
When you find out your child has Down syndrome, you might have a wide range of feelings. You might also have a lot of questions. Connecting with other parents who have children with Down syndrome can help. They can share their experiences and what they've learned, and that may help you get a sense of what to expect.
You can check with the Canadian Down Syndrome Society online for more detailed information, and to connect to a local Down syndrome group for parents.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Adaptation Date: 3/19/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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