In this section, we shall be examining some of the challenges a child with Down Syndrome would face. Below are a few scienfitic facts to start off with.
- Almost half of babies with Down syndrome have heart defects.
- About 10 percent of babies with Down syndrome are born with intestinal malformations that require surgery.
- More than 50 percent have some visual or hearing impairment. Common visual problems include crossed eyes (amblyopia), near- or far-sightedness and cataracts. Most can be improved with glasses, surgery or other treatments.
- Children with Down syndrome may have hearing loss due to fluid in the middle ear, a nerve defect or both.
- Children with Down syndrome tend to have many colds and ear infections, as well as bronchitis and pneumonia.