Caring for a Baby with Down Syndrome

Monday, February 16, 2015

A baby with Down syndrome requires extra attention. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the issues facing parents of babies with Down syndrome.

Dr. Hill:

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes children to have more health problems and learning difficulties than other children.

Finding out that your baby has Down syndrome can be stressful and confusing. Talk with your babys doctor to find out more about Down syndrome and what it means for your family. Make sure that you take time to enjoy your new baby who, in most ways, will be just like any other baby.

Babies with Down syndrome can breastfeed like other babies, and breastfeeding is recommended. Some babies with Down syndrome may have more trouble feeding when they are very little. Getting help from a nurse or breastfeeding specialist in the hospital can help.

Enrolling in early intervention programs as soon as possible will help your child reach his or her potential. Most children with Down syndrome can go to school. Many can be in the same classroom as other children their own age. Schools offer extra help to children with learning difficulties.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.