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Health Care Guidelines

Medical ProfessionalsThe Down Syndrome Health Care Guidelines follow an individual’s development from birth through adulthood and provide information about potential health concerns at each stage. They are compiled by the Down syndrome Medical Interest Group, a national affiliation of health care providers who specialize in caring for individuals with Down syndrome.

The guidelines help define the standards of quality care for individuals with Down syndrome. In addition to specific recommendations for screening tests, they include information about the kinds of medical conditions that individuals with Down syndrome are at risk for and suggestions for early intervention, diet and exercise, and other issues across the lifespan.

William I. Cohen, M.D., specializes in developmental and behavioral pediatrics in the Child Development Unit of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He directs the Down Syndrome Center of Western Pennsylvania and is an associate professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen is also co-founder of the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group, and medicine editor for the Down Syndrome Quarterly.

Watch a presentation by Dr. Cohen

For more information on the following please visit the National Down Syndrome Society website:

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~ Parent

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I hope I can give him as much as he has given me as he continues to grow up.”
~Deb Balderas

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 “Down syndrome is a gift that can’t wait to be opened.”
~Diane Moede

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who has Down syndrome, reads me a bedtime story.”
~Robbin Lyons

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~Amy Elfner

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