Down Syndrome Treatments

There is no cure for Down syndrome. Treatment usually involves a team of doctors that treat medical issues and other complications that arise.

Most children with Down syndrome are seen by a developmental pediatrician (i.e., a pediatrician who specializes in treating children with developmental delays and special needs), gastroenterologist, and a pediatric cardiologist on a routine basis. In many cases, vision and hearing specialists also are consulted regularly.

Physical therapists can improve coordination and help infants and toddlers who have Down syndrome reach developmental milestones, such as rolling over, sitting up, and walking, more quickly. Speech pathologists can help improve the child's language skills and occupational therapists can assist with life skills (e.g., feeding, getting dressed).

Most states have early intervention programs for children with Down syndrome. In most cases, starting such a program during infancy yields the best results.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 27 Aug 2008

Last Modified: 14 Sep 2015