Down syndrome: Bringing Awareness towards Childhood Wellness
Down syndrome is a genetic condition that affects approximately 1 in every 700 babies born in the United States. It’s caused by an extra chromosome 21, leading to physical and cognitive differences that vary in severity from person to person. However, it’s important to note that individuals with Down syndrome can lead fulfilling lives and achieve significant accomplishments with the proper support and resources.
WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DOWN SYNDROME
First and foremost, it’s essential that parents understand that Down syndrome is not caused by anything they did or did not do during pregnancy. It is a genetic condition that occurs randomly. Children with Down syndrome have varying degrees of intellectual disability and may experience developmental delays, including physical, cognitive, and social milestones.
Additionally, parents should be aware of the potential health issues that can arise with Down syndrome. These can include heart defects, hearing loss, vision, thyroid, and gastrointestinal problems. Regular check-ups with a healthcare provider familiar with Down syndrome can help detect and treat potential health issues early on.
HOW CBHA CAN HELP
At CBHA, we are committed to providing comprehensive care and support for children with Down syndrome and their families.
Our team can provide regular check-ups to monitor for health issues and ensure children with Down syndrome receive appropriate vaccinations and screenings. We can also provide referrals to specialists as needed and coordinate care across multiple providers.
Our Family Services can offer speech therapy to children until the age of 3, support, and educational resources for families. These services can help children with Down syndrome achieve their developmental milestones and reach their full potential.
Our 5K Color Run: Run for a Cause provides financial and emotional support for families with Down syndrome, along with awareness of this condition.
Be part of the cause at this year’s Color Run, and show your support towards children with Down syndrome.