Individuals with Down syndrome need the usual health care screenings and evaluations recommended for the general population. Swim_Lessons_1.JPGHowever, because children and adults with Down syndrome are at increased risk of having and/or developing a variety of medical conditions, there are additional tests or evaluations that are recommended.

In Atlanta, we have access to the Emory Genetic Clinic which addresses concerns through elementary age and the Adult Disability Medical Home, which serves adolescents and adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities with a holistictic approach.

The most recent guidelines, "Health Supervision for Children with Down Syndrome", were published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in Pediatrics (Vol. 128, No. 2, August 1, 2011. Pp. 393-406).

"Health Supervision for Children with Down Syndrome" – Entire Article

Summaries by the National Down Syndrome Society of the "Health Supervision for Children with Down Syndrome"

Healthcare Guidelines – Neonatal (Birth – 1 month)

Health Care Guidelines - Infant (1- 12 Months)

Health Care Guidelines - Ages 1-5

Health Care Guidelines - Ages 5-13

Health Care Guidelines - Ages 13-21

Health Care Guidelines - Adulthood

Growth Charts as published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention