Down's syndromeCharacteristics

All children born with Down's syndrome have some degree of learning disability and delayed development, but this varies widely between individual children.

All children born with Down's syndrome have some degree of learning disability and delayed development, but this varies widely between individual children.

Delayed development

Children with Down's syndrome may be slower to learn skills like sitting, standing, walking and talking. They'll develop these skills eventually, it just takes more time.

Some children with Down's syndrome may have more complex needs. For example, they may also be autistic or have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Children with Down's syndrome often need more support as they grow up, including extra help at school.

Find out more about living with Down's syndrome

Physical characteristics

People with Down's syndrome have more in common with their families than with other people with Down's syndrome.

Just like the rest of the population, they'll inherit their families' characteristics.

Health conditions

Some conditions are more common in people with Down's syndrome.

These include heart conditions and problems with hearing and vision.

Find out more about the possible health conditions associated with Down's syndrome

Page last reviewed: 29/04/2017
Next review due: 29/04/2020