Down Syndrome - When To Call a Doctor
Call a doctor immediately if:
- Your baby or very young child with
Down syndrome shows signs of:
- Intestinal blockage, such as severe
belly pain, vomiting, and possibly swelling of the
- Heart problems, such as bluish discoloration of the lips
and fingers, difficulty breathing, or a sudden change in eating or activity
- A person of any age with Down syndrome shows
symptoms of dislocated neck bones. This condition often occurs after an injury. Symptoms may
- Neck pain.
- Limited neck
- Weakness in the arms and legs.
- A change in bowel or bladder control.
Call a doctor if a person with Down syndrome:
- Acts differently or stops doing things that he or she used to. These may be a sign of pain or an illness.
- Shows signs of mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression. Depression often is triggered by a significant change or
loss, such as the death of a family member or a change in a caregiver.
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose and/or
treat a person who has Down syndrome:
Other specialists will be needed, such as:
Your child may need to see other specialists if he or she has any complications.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.