Down Syndrome - Treatment Overview
Your doctor or local hospital can refer you to community resources to help you learn what to expect and how
to care for your baby who has Down syndrome.
You may also want to think about joining a
support group. Talking and sharing with other parents
of children with Down syndrome can help you manage difficult feelings. It can
also help you know what kinds of challenges to expect, as well as help you to
discover the joys other parents have experienced with their children. To learn more about support groups, see the Other Places To Get Help section of this topic.
Families of children who have Down syndrome
may need other types of resources, such as:
- Financial assistance. Children with Down
syndrome have special needs that may create additional expenses for the family.
In the United States, some state and federal government services help cover the
costs of certain programs. The amount your child receives depends on different
things such as your income and your child's level of disability. To find out
about financial assistance in your state, call your state's Department of
- Estate planning. Become familiar with
tax issues and estate planning to ensure that your child will have proper care
and necessary resources available should you die. If you have other children
who have developed normally, include them in planning for the future of your
child who has Down syndrome.
- Family counseling. This therapy involves
regular sessions with a qualified counselor who has experience working with
families who have children with Down syndrome.
It's also important to take time for yourself. Common frustrations and frequent highs and lows can all lead
Take good care of yourself so you have the energy to enjoy your child and
attend to his or her needs. For more information, see the topic
What to think about
There are several
controversial treatments (including supplements,
surgery, and medicine) for Down syndrome that either have not been proved helpful or have questionable benefit. Some treatments may even cause physical harm or have ethical
implications. Talk with your doctor before
using these treatments.