Health checks and screenings
Regular screening for the more prevalent (treatable) health issues like Thyroid dysfunction is vital.
Down Syndrome Victoria recommend using the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group (DSMIG) schedule of health checks.
It's a good idea to share these guidelines with your doctor/s.
Royal Children's Hospital recommended health screening.
Did you know that free annual health checks are available through Medicare?
How do I find a good doctor?
There are no doctors in Victoria that specialise in Down syndrome. The best way to find a knowledgeable GP, paediatrician or other Health Professional is to ask for recommendations from other parents at your local Support Group.
Down Syndrome Victoria do not recommend Health Professionals, however, we do have a list of medical professionals that our members have used.
What to look for in a doctor....The Raising Children Network have a great resource that outlines the types of qualities to look for a Health Professional to care for your child.
Specific health issues
Specific Health Issues to search for more specific topics.
There are some, ongoing Medicare rebatesto help toward the costs of allied health services, including the following:
See your GP for further information about these initiatives and to obtain a referral to an appropriate therapist.
Babies with Down syndrome may be at an increased risk of contracting illness due to their lower immune systems. This VicHealth newsletter explains what extra vaccines they need.