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Children with Down syndrome may have a number of associated medical problems including:
Awareness of and routine screening for potential comorbidities is required to optimise the health of these children. Health surveillance and screening should be coordinated by a paediatrician familiar with the care of a child with Down syndrome.
The timing of routine visits should ideally be: during the neonatal period; 3 months; 6 months; 12 months then annually. At each visit, assessment should focus on the associated medical problems listed above as well as parental concerns, family support and education.
Table 1. Routine screening for children with Down Syndrome at different ages.
Adapted from Appendix 1 Bull MJ et al. Health supervision for children with Down syndrome. Pediatrics 2011; 128