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Our pediatricians provide a treatment plan focused on the unique medical needs of children with Down syndrome.
When your child has Down syndrome, your relationship with his or her pediatrician goes beyond regular checkups and sick visits. Your child needs extra care that is focused on his or her unique medical needs. This includes everything from therapy to help your child reach developmental milestones, to specialized care for conditions such as congenital heart defects and vision disorders.
At the Down Syndrome Program, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, our team is focused on providing the care your child needs to achieve his or her full potential. We connect your child with a developmental pediatrician who assesses all of his or her medical needs and provides referrals to the right pediatric specialists. With the help of our social worker and child life specialist, we also provide guidance and support for the entire family.
Conditions We Treat
Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21 or T21, occurs when an extra chromosome is present during fetal development. This affects how your baby’s body and brain develop while in the womb. Children with Down syndrome typically have varying levels of intellectual ability, developmental and behavioral concerns, and weak muscle tone. They are also at increased risk for several other health conditions, including the following: