This reference provides contemporary information on all aspects of Down syndrome, investigating health concerns by age group and by organ system. The text sets out to identify and correct problems before they interrupt developing skills. It includes preventive medical checklists with summaries of appropriate medical intervention; supplies background information about history, genetics and epidemiology; outlines clinical management strategies; establishes guidelines on how to inform parents of the diagnosis and conveys practical suggestions on the handling and care of the infant; and offers a detailed review of the medical literature. Appendices provide information including growth charts and financial checklists.
Part 1 Introduction to Down syndrome: the development of the child with Down syndrome - implications for effective education. Part 2 Preventive medicine by age groups: the neonate; the infant - two to 12 months; the child - one year to puberty; the adolescent; the adult. Part 3 What we know about preventive medical care: the ears; the heart; the gastrointestinal system; the musculoskeletal system; the endocrine system; the central nervous system; the ocular system; the immune system; dental care; is obesity inevitable?; miscellaneous medical problems; controversial therapies; legal and financial advice. Part 4 The future: the future in Down syndrome research. Part 5 Appendices: growth charts for Down syndrome; specific medical recommendations; books about Down syndrome for professionals and parents; parent support organizations; preventive medicine checklist - neonate through adult; financial checklist for families; using computers to stimulate developmental skills.