What treatment is available for Down’s syndrome?
There is no specific treatment for Down’s syndrome as there is currently no cure; however, a number of different treatments can be used to ease symptoms and encourage independence and better standards of general health.
If your baby has Down’s syndrome you will allocated a number of health professionals who will help to make your life and your baby’s life as happy and fulfilling as possible; the care team will be made up of a number of different people who will help you with all aspects of caring for your child, as well as looking after yourself; typically, the care team will consist of a physiotherapist, a speech and language therapist, an occupational therapist, a dietician, your GP, a consultant paediatrician, a social worker, an audiologist (a specialist in hearing), an ophthalmologist (an eye specialist) and a cardiologist.
Children with Down’s syndrome will visit the medical staff in their care team for regular check-ups to make sure they are progressing well and enjoying good health. Physiotherapists and occupational therapists will work with you to increase your child’s independence and ensure your home is well kitted-out with features and structures which make it easier for your child to get around and stay safe. The medical team will look after any medical problems and will keep an eye on your child’s general health. Speech therapy will help your child to learn to communicate effectively and eye and hearing specialists will help to ensure your child’s eye sight and hearing and tested regularly and treated appropriately.
Many people with Down’s syndrome learn to live independently with a little help from friends and family and their care team.
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