DEVELOPMENT - imageWith any new baby, thinking about how they are going to develop is most probably one of the top questions. Like all babies, little ones with Down’s syndrome need a lot of care and attention. New parents often feel that they need to treat their baby with Down’s syndrome differently. Unless they have a significant health concern, then there is no reason why they cannot be treated the same. Spend time playing and enjoying your baby through talking, singing, cuddling, and massage.  The insert for your little red book gives you some ideas of when milestones may be reached but remember every child is unique.

If you would like to talk about your baby’s development please do not hesitate to contact the Family Support Service. Our Family Support Service Officers are based locally throughout Scotland and are available to provide support and information, and link to other professionals where appropriate.

From 3 months onwards, you can apply for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). This is help with the additional costs that you may have in bringing up your child with Down’s syndrome.  In our experience, unless your baby has a significant health need, you will be unlikely to get DLA awarded at this early stage, most successful applications are made around 9 months of age.  We would suggest that all children with Down’s syndrome should have a DLA application submitted by 12 months if not before.  If you would like further information or would like support in completing your child’s application for Disability Living Allowance, please contact your local Family Support Service Officer.