Which postnatal tests should be performed in infants with Down syndrome?

Updated: Apr 30, 2018
  • Author: Gratias Tom Mundakel, MBBS, DCH; Chief Editor: Maria Descartes, MD  more...
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Infants with Down syndrome should undergo a car safety seat evaluation before discharge because they are at increased risk of apnea, bradycardia, and desaturation in a car seat secondary to hypotonia.

Pediatric ophthalmic examination should be performed for vision screening and for detecting ophthalmologic disorders.

Growth charts are available for children with Down syndrome. [32] A developmental chart for noninstitutionalized children based on a modified Denver Developmental Screening Test is available for assessing developmental milestones.

Rigorous dental hygiene and dental evaluation are indicated beginning after tooth eruption.


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