Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby!
If this is your first child, then you are about to experience one of life’s greatest joys and treasures. If this is not your first child, then you are truly lucky to bring another precious little joy into the world.
Babies with Down syndrome need what all babies need: cuddles, nourishment and love. They will grow, learn, develop, and reach childhood milestones – just at their own rate. Although your baby may have some physical characteristics common to people with Down syndrome, he or she will also look like members of your family. Your baby also needs health care, a rich stimulating learning environment and the company of family and friends. It’s important to understand some of the common characteristics of babies with Down syndrome, including possible health and development issues.
What do you do?
Your first and most important job is to love and cherish your child. Every child needs the love and support of their parents, especially a child who might have extra hurdles to overcome in life. Reach out to as many resources and people you can. Do your research and educate yourself on Down syndrome. Feel free to reach out to the Down Syndrome Association of Peel as we would love to meet with you and your family.