#1 Ranked Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report
MyPatients provides referring primary care providers with secure access to their patients’ information.
Boston Children's has launched the world's 1st program dedicated to offering hand transplants to children who qualify.
Innovation insider is a semi-monthly e-newsletter analyzes innovations at Boston Children’s, other academic medical centers and from industry.
Read the latest blog by a Boston Children's doctor, clinician or staff member.
There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Learn more about our ranking as the top pediatric hospital here.
Since there is no cure for Down syndrome, treatments are based on a child's unique medical issues and developmental profile. Because research indicates that intensive therapies are often enormously helpful to children with Down syndrome, treatment usually involves individualized recommendations for behavioral, educational, and medical therapies for your child. At Boston Children's Hospital, we are dedicated to helping your family find the best approaches for your child—both when he or she is first diagnosed, and as he or she grows.
Medication can be used for:
Surgery may be used to treat:
Treatment for heart defects:
The Heart Center here at Boston Children's Hospital is the largest in the United States and one of the most specialized in the world. We provide a full range of care, from diagnostic assessment to interventional therapy and our specialists experience treating rare heart problems with results that are among the best in the world. Contact us to learn more or make an appointment.
Generally, therapists use a combination of approaches in order to address your child's unique social, behavioral, communication and academic needs. The goal is to develop a program that will help your child reach his or her full potential.
Most of the educational therapies used to address the core symptoms of Down syndrome are provided through programs run by your state and your local school system. There's no one educational approach that's best for every child. Most children with Down syndrome can spend at least some of their time in a general education classroom with typically-developing peers but some children can benefit from a smaller setting with more supports.
To learn more about how to access educational services in your community, see the resources listed under Coping and support.
Our physicians are available as soon as the parents want to come in after getting settled at home. As soon as you are ready, they can discuss what you can expect during the first year of your child's life and beyond. Our doctors see this as a chance to meet the family, learn about where they're coming from, find out what information they have and what information they need.
During the initial meeting, we ask parents about their top concerns. We encourage parents to ask any questions that are important to them, because those are the questions that are most important to us. And of course, they're going to make sure that you are up to date with all of their recommended clinical care guidelines for people with Down syndrome.
The Boston Children’s Hospital Down Syndrome Program,in the Developmental Medicine Center at Boston Children's Hospital was founded in 1967 and offers multidisciplinary clinical evaluations for people with Down syndrome from birth until they reach age 22. With each appointment, we are also able to make referrals and connections with any of the other specialty clinics at Boston Children's.
We also understand that many times, the most helpful answers to your questions come from the other parents, so we refer parents to programs, organizations, and workshops for families with special needs.
Want to talk with someone else whose child has Down syndrome? Children's can put you in touch with other families who have been down a similar road and can share their experience.
More resources that are available to your family at Boston Children's:
The websites of these organizations may also be helpful to you:
Please note that neither Boston Children's Hospital nor the Down Syndrome Program at Children's unreservedly endorses all of the information found at the sites listed below.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”