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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 often learn to talk later than other children and have some intellectual disability. But with extra care and support, most people with Down syndrome can live full, healthy lives.
When you find out that your child has Down syndrome, you might have a wide range of feelings. You might also have a lot of questions. Your doctor can help answer your questions and connect you with resources to help you learn more.
You can check with the Canadian Down Syndrome Society online at https://cdss.ca/ 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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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: 3/1/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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