Down syndrome is a relatively common birth defect caused by extra genetic material from chromosome 21 (ie, there are 3 copies of chromosome 21, rather than 2). This syndrome affects the physical development and intellectual development of the child.

A special diet may be recommended if a medical complication such as obesity or a heart condition is present.

Source: Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide.

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