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Down Syndrome Baby Development: What to Expect

Down Syndrome Baby Development: What to Expect

Down Syndrome is a condition that can’t be prevented. It’s genetic and can be detected at the time of birth or even during pregnancy through testing. A person with Down Syndrome is born with an extra chromosome and this can cause a delay a child’s development and growth, both physically and mentally. So what can be described as normal and typical Down Syndrome baby development?

The Way to Good Development

A child with Down Syndrome is not necessarily too different from other children. They experience the same emotions, the same moods, and grow up similarly – through learning new things, playing, and experiencing life. There are problems, however, with cognitive development. But these issues usually range from mildly serious to moderately serious. Severe cognitive problems are very rare with Down Syndrome.

It is important to remember that you can help your child in their developing stages by providing normal experiences. Read to them as you would a normal child, play with them, and everything else. Building positive experiences can help children, with or without Down Syndrome.

If you aren’t certain of your capabilities of raising a child with Down Syndrome, there are multiple options you can choose from. There are many development and treatment programs available. These cannot “cure” a child of Down Syndrome. But these can great help them with key skills to allow them to become more independent individuals. These programs are usually focused on improving speech and physical and educational therapy. These, along with your love and support, can help children with Down Syndrome develop into people with happy and productive lives.

What Can You Encounter?

As mentioned, when it comes down syndrome baby development, Down Syndrome in children can lead to cognitive impairment – although at a fairly mild level. Most children with the condition will need support in developing their communication skills as learning may take a bit longer compared to other children. Interventions can be taken to support them for a much better and easier experience in development.

Parents and guardians of children with Down Syndrome may expect other developmental issues concerning behavior and cognition like the following:

  • Shorter attention spans
  • Poor judgment
  • Impulsive actions
  • A slower learning pace

People who have Down Syndrome are also at a higher risk for other health conditions such as being on the autism spectrum, hormonal problems, issues with hearing or vision, and abnormalities in the heart.

Babies with Down Syndrome also have common facial features and may be born with other birth defects.

How You Can Help and How You Can Be Helped

Knowing that your child may have Down syndrome can prove to be overwhelming, especially for first-time parents. You may feel guilty, shocked, or in fear due to not being aware of what you can or can’t do. One thing that can help you through this experience is by simply seeking out help and support, from both medical professionals or other families who have children with Down Syndrome. This can help you deal with the initial feelings of shock and worry, and can contribute significantly to your preparedness in raising the child.

Early intervention is key to helping a child, so consult your doctor and seek services that can better nurture stronger growth and development. Early intervention can help them with developing their fine motor skills and cognitive development.

Be rest assured that though there may be challenges, most children with Down Syndrome grow up to be healthy and happy, and can lead fulfilling lives.

Learn more about Child Health and Behavioral and Developmental Disorders here.

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Written by Kirsten Rocamora Updated Jul 01, 2021
Fact Checked by Hello Doctor Medical Panel