Kids with Down syndrome are also at an increased risk of developing pulmonary hypertension, a serious condition that can lead to irreversible damage to the lungs.
While some kids with DS have no significant health problems, others may experience a host of medical issues that require extra care.
For example, almost half of all children born with DS will have a congenital heart defect.
For infants, low muscle tone may contribute to sucking and feeding problems, as well as constipation and other digestive issues.
Toddlers and older kids may have delays in speech and self-care skills like feeding, dressing, and toilet teaching.
Down syndrome (DS), also called Trisomy 21, is a condition in which a person is born with an extra chromosome.