Down syndrome

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An easy-to-understand overview of the symptoms, complications and outlook for children with Down syndrome.

Key points

  • Down syndrome is a genetic condition present at birth, and is due to the presence of extra genetic material from chromosome 21.
  • Down syndrome is a complex condition that affects the child’s health and development.
  • Children with Down syndrome can experience varying degrees of medical and developmental problems.
  • Individuals with Down syndrome benefit from loving homes, early intervention, inclusive and accommodating education and being connected to appropriate community resources throughout their lives.
Last updated: October 16th 2017