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Monitoring Behavior in Young Children

Monitoring Behavior in Young Children with Down Syndrome

Development & Behavior in Infants
During infancy the best behavioral information comes from observing and interacting with your baby. Young babies under 6 months like to eat, sleep and poop. They should develop an ability to be consoled when tired, hungry or wet once their needs are met. Eventually they will learn to express their state through babbling, cooing or squealing and soothe themselves by quieting or sucking rhythmically.
 
As your baby matures beyond 5 months some of the most important behaviors to monitor are social interaction and ...Read more

Monitoring Development in Infant & Toddlers

Monitoring Early Development in Infants with Down Syndrome

Development & Behavior in Infants
During infancy the best behavioral information comes from observing and interacting with your baby. Young babies under 6 months like to eat, sleep and poop. They should develop the ability to be consoled when tired, hungry or wet once their needs are met. Eventually they will learn to express their state through babbling, cooing or squealing and soothe themselves by sucking rhythmically.
 
As your baby with Down syndrome matures beyond 6 months two important pro-cognitive skills to monitor are social interaction
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Parenting Children with Complex Needs

Black CrossParenting a Child with Down Syndrome and Complex Needs

By any definition Down syndrome is a complex condition. Individually, children with Down syndrome can differ markedly from one another in their medical, developmental and behavioral attributes. We recognize that some children/families have especially complex needs because of the particular constellation of medical-developmental-behavioral challenges they face. Parenting requires significantly greater physical and emotional energy, problem-solving and planning skills, more time for medical and therapy appointments, requests for very specific types of information, ...Read more

Sleep Disorders

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Sleep Apnea

Prevalence of sleep apnea (respiratory pauses) in children with DS is very high 40-60%
Current screening practice: high vigilance, inquire about sleep problems

Sleep study for all children by age 4-5 yr (sooner as required)
Why children with DS are at higher risk for sleep apnea.

Common risk factors and their possible relevance to sleep apnea (younger to older children)
 

What to look for

Sleep Management

White on black CrossSleep Management in Children with Down Syndrome
 

Sleep Hygiene
Working to promote consistently good sleep habits (sleep hygiene) is an important and practical goal to strive for
 
Tips to promote better sleep

What to discuss with your pediatrician 
Medical, health and wellness considerations

  • Avoid too much heat or dryness in the bedroom at night, better to be humid and cool
  • Treat allergies and upper respiratory infections aggressively. Nasal
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