There is no cure for Down syndrome. Young children and their families may benefit from early intervention. Older children will need special education services. Most adults go on to lead active lives. Some people with Down syndrome live with family. Others live with friends or on their own.
Children and adults may also benefit from:
Occupational therapy to help with activities of daily living
Mental health counseling
A person's medical team will also need to watch for signs of related issues, such as heart problems and hearing loss.
There are no known guidelines to prevent Down syndrome.
Down Syndrome. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development website. Available at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/down/Pages/default.aspx. Updated June 21, 2018. Accessed April 6, 2020.
Kazemi M, Salehi M, Kheirollahi M. Down syndrome: current status, challenges, and future perspectives. Int J Mol Cell Med. 2016;5(3):125-33.
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