Down syndrome health watch : Monitoring is essential for happy and healthy children

Down syndrome health watch : Monitoring is essential for happy and healthy children

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This content has been developed in collaboration with the Down Syndrome Federation of India (DSFI).DSFI, is a parent support group started by Dr. Surekha Ramachandran in order to help persons with Down syndrome and their families to come to terms with Down syndrome.

Our consultant Pediatrician, Dr.Nina Piyush Vaidya (M.B D.Ped, PGDGC) has offered expert advise and guidance in consolidating this information.


Children with Down Syndrome (DS) have a few common health challenges that have been well identified and reported.Awareness of some of these common health problems followed by continuous monitoring of these challenges will help reduce the adverse affects on your child’s health.

Some very common challenges, to name a few, include –

  • Recurrent infections (Skin, bladder and respiratory)
  • Thyroid hormone production in the body
  • Heart defects at birth
  • Hearing difficulties
  • Problems with vision
  • Oro-motor issues
  • Low muscle tone
  • Oro-motor issues
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Issues with the digestive system
  • Foot arch challenges

DS cannot be cured, but, careful management of health challenges can have a big impact over the quality of life of your child.

You may download the infographic for a quick overview of health concerns that are common in individuals with DS. 

Additionally, you may also access a presentation that delves deeper into the details of each one of these common medical challenges. You may download it for free from this page.

DISCLAIMER : This disclaimer claims that none of the content in this presentation is in anyway deemed as medical advice, and be treated for information purposes only.

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