Down syndrome is a genetic condition which causes varying degrees of learning disability as well as other health problems. Nearly one baby in every 1000 born in the UK has the condition. Parents are often frightened and confused by the birth of a baby with Down syndrome, and they need reassurance as well as up-to-date information regarding the condition.
The new edition of this highly regarded book for parents of children with Down syndrome covers a number of important new developments in research and clinical practice that have occurred in the field in recent years. These include several newly recognised medical conditions that are known to occur more commonly in patients with Down syndrome, for example, glaucoma, gastrointestinal malformations, feeding difficulties, gastro-oesophageal reflux, coeliac disease, and diabetes. This expanded edition also includes new recommendations regarding routine health checks in line with those of the UK Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group (UKDSMIG). Additionally the book covers new prenatal screening methods which have been developed to identify Down syndrome during pregnancy.
`Review from previous edition This is an excellent book. Its open and sensitive approach is aimed principally at parents, however the breadth and depth of coverage is such that is will be of interest to most professionals working in this field. All the important areas are covered, including some such as marriage and procreation which are not always considered. The issues are presented in a clear factual manner, emphasising at all times the characteristics
that people with Down Syndrome have in common with all people - their individuality, dignity, right to choice and potential to benefit from appropriate opportunity.
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
`An excellent basic book for parents written by an Australian Community Paediatrician. The book was revised in 1997 and medical information remains relevant and up-to-date. The sections on early reactions and coping are sympathetically written. Nevertheless this is probably the book of choice for first time parents and also contains much useful information for professionals.
UK Down's Syndrome Medical Interest Group
1: The first days are the hardest
2: Coping with family and friends
3: What is Down syndrome?
4: How Down syndrome comes about
5: Your child's development
6: Your child's health
7: The heart
8: Your child's behaviour
9: A guide to services
11: Early intervention and pre-school groups
12: Which school?
15: Controversial treatments
16: Future pregnancies
Useful resources and further reading
Series: The Facts
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 29th May 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised