About Down Syndrome

What is Down Syndrome?

Down syndrome (DS), also called Trisomy 21, is a condition in which a person is born with an extra chromosome. Chromosomes contain hundreds, or even thousands, of genes. Genes carry the information that determines your traits (features or characteristics passed on to you from your parents). With Down syndrome, the extra chromosome causes delays in the way a child develops, mentally and physically.

The physical features and medical problems associated with Down syndrome can vary widely from child to child. While some kids with DS need a lot of medical attention, others lead healthy lives.

Though Down syndrome can't be prevented, it can be detected before a child is born. The health problems that may go along with DS can be treated, and many resources are available to help kids and their families who are living with the condition. (Source: kidshealth.net)


While there are certainly varying challenges that come with having Down Syndrome, we know many, many people who are living happy, fulfilling, successful lives.  Hearing this diagnosis can be shocking and hard, but we encourage you to find a local support group who can lift you up in a way only parents familiar with this condition can.  There is a reason they are called #theluckyfew.