Most children and adults with Down syndrome continue to develop good social skills and appropriate social behaviour, though a significant minority may develop difficult behaviours, particularly those with the greatest delays in speech and language development.
How does Down syndrome affect mental capacity?
While people with Down syndrome are generally happy, symptoms of depression and anxiety may develop in early adulthood. Children and adults with Down syndrome are at increased risk of epileptic seizures, which occur in 5–10% of children and up to 50% of adults.
Can a person with Down syndrome look normal?
People with Down syndrome all look the same. There are certain physical characteristics that can occur. People with Down syndrome can have all of them or none. A person with Down syndrome will always look more like his or her close family than someone else with the condition.
Do Down syndrome babies cry differently?
Just like any baby, infants who have Down syndrome will sometimes be fussy. The temperament of a baby with Down syndrome is not usually any different from the temperament of any other baby.
Why is Down syndrome not curable?
Down syndrome is a random occurrence in nature. It has no cure or prevention measures. Down syndrome is not a disease, disorder, defect or medical condition and therefore does not require treatment, prevention or a cure.
What are the behavioral symptoms of Down syndrome?
Common learning and behavioral symptoms of Down syndrome include:
- Delays in speech and language development.
- Attention problems.
- Sleep difficulties.
- Stubbornness and tantrums.
- Delays in cognition.
- Delayed toilet training.
Does Down syndrome get worse with age?
Adults with Down syndrome experience “accelerated aging,” meaning they will age faster than the general population. It is expected that adults with Down syndrome will show physical, medical, and cognitive signs of aging much earlier than what is expected for their age.