On Saturday, people throughout the state congregated at the Palace of Auburn Hills to support the Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan. The event, known as the Buddy Walk, serves as a fundraiser and awareness event for people, families and communities affected by Down syndrome.
Down syndrome affects about 1 in 800 babies. The disorder is caused by an error in cell division that occurs at the time of conception. Children with Down syndrome (DS) typically experience developmental delays or difficulties, but a supporting household and an appropriate educational setting can help those with DS live happy and largely independent lives.
Unfortunately, children born with Down syndrome often have health problems, including heart problems. About 40 percent of all people with DS have a congenital heart defect. Other common health issues affecting those with Down syndrome include:
- Respiratory problems
- Vision and hearing problems
- Thyroid conditions
- Higher infection rates
Because of these often serious health complications, children with Down syndrome need close medical monitoring. Parents should try to find a pediatrician experienced in providing care for children with DS.
While Down syndrome is not curable, elective tests can usually reveal the disorder during pregnancy. A positive result allows a family to plan and prepare for a child with Down syndrome and the other health complications that may accompany it.
McKeen & Associates, PC, is proud to help people and families living with Down syndrome who have been unfairly harmed by medical negligence. If a physician's negligence has caused harm to your child, contact us to discuss your legal remedies.
Source: metroparent.com, "Down Syndrome: Facts Vs. Fiction," Maggie Boleyn, Oct. 2010