Medical / Dietary Needs
What you need to know
Individuals who have Down syndrome have variable medical needs.
Children who have Down syndrome do not usually require a special diet, other than a healthy, well balanced diet. If an individual has celiac disease they will require a gluten free diet. It is important to be sensitive to cultural differences in diet.
Be aware, or ask parents, if the child has a medical alert bracelet.
What you can do
Encourage families to talk with their pediatricians or family physicians about the medical follow up. The recommended Health Supervision Guidelines endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is found on the AAP website.
Otitis Media is common in children with Downs Syndrome and signs of ear infection should be closely monitored to ensure that the child is not missing out on valuable language input.