5 Health and Wellness Tips for Children with Down Syndrome

Learn more about responding to health needs of children with Down syndrome.

Raising or caring for a child with special needs can be challenging. In the case of caring for a child with Down syndrome, you can face that challenge head on by learning as much as you can about the genetic disorder and being proactive.

Incorporate the following tips into daily life with your special needs kid.

Keep Appointments

Kids with Down syndrome have a higher risk of developing many health conditions, including:

  • Heart conditions
  • Vision impairment
  • Hearing loss
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Spinal problems

Because health problems in Down syndrome kids can arise quickly and unexpectedly, it is important to attend all scheduled medical appointments. As a parent, guardian, or family member, you can stay involved by learning as much as you can about Down syndrome and its associated health problems, and by asking questions at medical appointments.

Serve Healthy Meals

Kids with Down syndrome are at a higher risk of becoming obese, In an effort to maintain a healthy weight, create a diet of nutritious meals that avoid high-calorie foods. Add lots of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.

Get Physical

When added to a healthy diet, exercise further protects your child from becoming obese. Find activities your child enjoys. Before starting an exercise plan or getting involved in a sport, ask a doctor about safety and a physician exam.

Make the Child a Partner in the Upkeep of the House

Although your child may have delayed mental and social development, you shouldn't avoid dolling out responsibilities. Give your child chores. Take into consideration mental capacity and ability. Completing tasks will help with cognitive skills and improve confidence.

Encourage Independence

Allow your child to develop daily living skills such as getting dressed and grooming. Finding some independence promotes developmental improvements and boosts confidence. You may be able to find a local agency offering life skills classes. 

To learn more about Down syndrome, visit our online health library. If you need a physician referral or answers to your medical questions, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5119.

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