Any advice on caring for an infant with Downs Syndrome?

Charlotte - posted on 01/22/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My granddaughter blessed us with a new baby girl this month and the precious baby has Downs Syndrome. My Granddaughter has 2 other children, one is 5 years old and athe other daughter is 21 month old, plus she is a full time student working on her nursing degree. Any advice would be most helpful!! Thanks so much!

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User - posted on 01/25/2009

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Hi im afraid i cant help with bringing up of a baby with downs syndrome but i do work with young adults with downs syndeome and my brother in law also has it! There is no reason why your grandaughters child has to be treated differently and i know of a few downs children who have attended main stream schools and have passed qualifications! I work at a great project for Adults with learning difficulties we encourage and teach life and social skills that we may take for granted that may come naturally to us that they may need extra help with! There are some fantastic schools and colleges that will help in the future and as i said before if encouraged can have the oppurtunity to lead great and rewarding lives! Good luck in the future! I dont know where you are from im in the new forest Uk! but feel free to look at the website of my work place its www.minsteadtrainingproject.org you may feel that this is a long way off for your grandaughter but it may help to know what you can look forward to in the future x

Angie - posted on 01/22/2009

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I strongly agree that you need to treat them just like any other child.  Downs babies somtimes are a little harder to feed and many times need to thicken the formula but act like a baby without downs.  I do not have a downs syndrome child but I am a nurse and know many families and kids with downs.  The one thing that I can say about all downs kids is that they always have a smile on their face and always seem to be happy. 

Pat - posted on 01/22/2009

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My bf has an aunt who has a son with Downs Syndrome and from what I have observed they just try to treat him like a regular kid. He has bad acid reflux right now so they make sure to add milk to his baby food to make it thicker that way it's easier for him. Here where we live there's this place called Easter Seals that specializes in helping kids with disabilities and making things easier on the parents. Mayber your granddaughter can look into a place like that. I really don't know much other then that but I could ask my bf aunt for more information if you'd like.

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