There is no cure for Down's syndrome. But the available treatment options can help a person with Down’s syndrome lead a healthy, active and more independent life.
Children with Down’s syndrome are prone to have learning difficulties, which can vary in severity from mild to moderate. Early intervention programmes have been observed to be helpful for children with disabilities and learning difficulties. They aim to support children with Down’s syndrome, from birth until the age of about five years.
These programmes are important, as intervention at an early age can help to make the child more independent and healthy later in life. Early intervention programmes include healthcare, education and treatments, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. The programme also involves providing advice and support to the family to look after the child.
Care of a child with Down’s syndrome involves a number of different healthcare professionals. They work to help the child attain maximum possible independence, good health and quality of life.
Team caring for the child with Down’s syndrome may include the following:
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