Do individuals with Down syndrome have medical problems?

By Qendra Jonathan

Do individuals with Down syndrome have medical problems?

Certain medical problems are common in individuals with Down syndrome.

These include:

-40-50% of children with Down Syndrome are born with a heart problem and almost half of them need heart surgery.

-A large number of children with Down Syndrome have problems with hearing and vision.

-Disorder of the thyroid glands.

– Weak immune system.

-Problems with breathing, more frequent coughs and colds.

– Blockage of the digestive tract.

However, with advanced medical methods, most of these problems are curable. Also, it is important to point out that some individuals with Down syndrome have no medical problems at all. Advanced methods in recent years have shown that individuals with Down Syndrome are living much longer. The average life expectancy for individuals with Down Syndrome is 60-65 years, but some live longer than that.

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