Very often, parents who have recently had a child with Down syndrome have many questions about the child's health, further rehabilitation, disability registration, etc. In this section, we have tried to collect as much information as possible regarding this diagnosis.
Babies with Down syndrome have medical problems more often than ordinary children. Of course, it should not be assumed that every child with Down syndrome necessarily has all the medical problems listed in this section. It's just that parents need to know about them in order to keep the baby's health under control and, if necessary, take appropriate measures in time.
In many cases, babies with Down syndrome are born one to two weeks early. They are more likely than ordinary children to have congenital heart or digestive system defects, sometimes requiring surgery, as well as decreased hearing, vision and thyroid function.
As already mentioned, children with Down syndrome are more susceptible to certain diseases than ordinary babies, so it is important for parents to keep in touch with a pediatrician and other medical specialists for timely examination of the child and his treatment, if necessary.
Many of the medical examinations listed here are performed by all babies, but for a child with Down syndrome, they are all necessary.
We provide a table that will help you organize the necessary medical examinations of your baby in time.
I would like to draw the attention of parents to some important points of growth and development of a child with Down syndrome. Some features and problems can go unnoticed for a long time and have a negative impact on the development of the baby. Knowing about such "weak points", parents can keep them under control and seek help from specialists in a timely manner.
Of course, not everything listed below is necessarily characteristic of every child with Down syndrome. But the occurrence of such problems is possible, you need to be prepared for it.
The basis for registration of disability is a karyotype analysis and the conclusion of a geneticist. In Kazakhstan, disability for children with Down syndrome is issued immediately after receiving these documents (you do not need to wait 4 months after diagnosis). Disability is given for a period of up to 7 years, at 7 years a group is assigned and disability is extended to 18 years.
Registration of disability
Necessary medical examinations
Down syndrome. What's it?
Down syndrome is a genetic anomaly, an accidental malfunction in the well–functioning process of cell division. A person with Down syndrome has an additional, third chromosome in the 21st pair of chromosomes, and thus, as a result, there are already 47 of them, and not 46 as in an ordinary person.